As a modest tribute to the landmark film “Sister Stella L.,” the UP Film Institute is holding a special anniversary screening of the Mike De Leon masterpiece on March 20, 2009, 5 p.m., at Cine Adarna.
Dubbed “Sister Stella L. @ 25: Tuloy ang Pakikibaka,” the activity is organized by the Film 280 class in cooperation with the Vilma Santos Solid International, Inc. (VSSI). Film scholars, members of entertainment press and cast and crew of the film will serve as panelists in the forum to be held before the screening.
The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino honored “Sister Stella L.” with all major awards except production design. Other awards were given by the Film Academy of the Philippines, Star Awards and FAMAS. It was also named one of the most important Filipino films and Mike De Leon one of the most important Filipino filmmakers. Scriptwriter Pete Lacaba and other members of the creative team (Cesar Hernando, Rody Lacap and Ding Achacoso) continue to chart illustrious careers in film and TV today.
Awakening and decision making lie deep at the heart of “Sister Stella L.” It tells the story of how a nun decides to chart a new path in her chosen vocation by gradually discarding her old life of comfort and conformity inside the convent by immersing herself in the lives of oppressed factory workers in a small town.
In the Venice Film Festival, the film was shown under its original title “Sangandaan (Crossroads)”--also the title of the movie's theme song, which has likewise become a classic.
The anniversary tribute is an attempt to show the striking and continuing relevance of the film 25 years after it was shown. After two people uprisings which saw real-life Sister Stellas stopping tanks on the street and toppling despotic regimes, the social landscape fictionalized in the film remains a concrete reality. Workers go on strike for the same reasons the generations before them did so. Labor leaders and militants like Ka Dencio continue to march towards tragic deaths as they fight for their rights.
Tickets are sold at 50 pesos each. For inquiries, call Ramil at 0917-8071978.
PLUS: Noel Cabangon's poignant take on Sangandaan.