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Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Moral" and Other 80's Movies Can Be Educational Tool for Martial Law Lessons



I was watching Marilou Diaz-Abaya's movie, Moral, tonight and I realized that one way to teach our country's history during the martial law is through movies made during that time.
I've encountered many articles denying those killings never happened but there are many movies during that time that teachers can use to educate their students.
Moral is actually a movie about four young women and their dreams, their sex lives, their boyfriends - not so different from the latest Kathryn Bernardo movie. It's not about martial law or the excesses of the administration during that time.
Yun lang, since the setting and the time frame is in the early 1980s, di maiiwasan na they talk about the dictatorship, because many young people went to the boondocks at that time, to live out their ideals.
So some of the characters went to the mountains and became members of the NPA or the Communist Party.
If you don't believe that some of the young conyo crowd went against the Marcoses, google Maita Gomez. Your parents would certainly know her.
Batch 81, Sister Stella L, Kapit sa Patalim are just some of the movies I can think of that history teachers can use to help today's youth appreciate their freedom of expression through social media.
The truth is, if there was social media then, and we were the users, most likely 80% of us would already have been tortured, killed or imprisoned, seeing that there are so many opinionated people here.
Oh mali pala, if there was social media then during the Marcos dictatorship, wala tayong Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or kung meron man, puro lang mukha ni Imelda makikita ninyo, kasi banned for everyone else e, only for the Blue Ladies and the chosen few.
If you don't believe me, try using Facebook in China right now and experience how a government can control social media to suit their needs.
Kaya if you appreciate the freedoms you take so much for granted today, mag-isip isip din kayo who to vote, especially if you're only in your 20s.
My generation kasi packed up and left the Philippines. That's basically the legacy the Marcoses left our generation. Ilan na lang kaming natira dito.
How sad naman if today's generation also packs up and leaves the Philippines.

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