Liway and other films on the Marcoses stream for free

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FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Film Independent Artistic Director Jacqueline Lyanga, director and photographer Lauren Greenfield and documentary subject Andy Bautista attend the Film Independent Special Screening of
FILE PHOTO: (L-R) Film Independent Artistic Director Jacqueline Lyanga, director and photographer Lauren Greenfield and documentary subject Andy Bautista attend the Film Independent Special Screening of "The Kingmaker" at ArcLight Hollywood on October 23, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Film organizations in the Philippines have launched an initiative to fight historical revisionism and misinformation by screening movies for free. Many of the films retell people's narratives during Martial Law and of President Duterte's bloody war on drugs. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Film Independent)

Weeks before the 2022 elections, notable film makers have announced that their documentaries and films are now screening for free on different streaming platforms on the internet.

Kip Oebanda, Ramona Diaz, and Laura Greenfield announced on social media that their films are now free to watch. The films are listed below:

Liway (2018)

A film set in the Martial Law era, Liway follows the story of Dakip, a young boy who grew up in prison alongside Liway (Cecilia Flores-Oebanda), his mother.

Directed by Kip Oebanda, Liway is the retelling of the director’s experience with his life in prison alongside his revolutionary parents. “The camp was a horrible place, but my early childhood memories were full of love and tenderness. My mom would carry me up a tree, from where she would show me the road outside the camp. This made me passionate about freedom at a young age,” Oebanda said in an interview in 2014.

Oebanda announced that Liway is free to watch on Youtube.

Imelda (2003)

Directed by Ramona Diaz, "Imelda" is an award-winning documentary that features the former first lady through unprecedented access to Imelda herself.

The documentary details Imelda’s life from her youth to her time as the first lady, through her own narration. "Imelda" also featured various personalities that emphasized contrarian views from Imelda herself and showed that Imelda’s narration is far from the reality on the ground.

Encouraging its dissemination, Diaz announced that Imelda is free to watch on YouTube and Vimeo.

The Kingmaker (2019)

Laura Greenfield announced on Twitter that The Kingmaker, a film featuring the Marcos family featuring the Marcos family themselves, is now free to watch at different streaming platforms.

The American documentary filmmaker announced that her film was made available for streaming through an arrangement with ABS-CBN.

According to Greenfield, The Kingmaker is a continuation of more than 25 years of examining wealth and power’s impact on societies. The documentary was filmed before and after the 2016 national elections where the late dictator’s son, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., lost to Leni Robredo in the vice presidential position.

The film focuses on Imelda’s life, primarily through her own words, from the 21 years of her time as the first lady of the Republic, up until their ouster and exile by the People Power revolution in 1986. The film also featured survivors of her husband’s martial rule and Imelda’s machinations to catapult their family back into power through her son’s candidacy for top posts in the country.

As part of efforts to fight the spread of historical revisionism and misinformation, various film and media organizations initiated the Dokyu Power festival on February 25 screening movies that retell people's narratives during Martial Law and of President Duterte's bloody war on drugs.

Basti Evangelista is a news and opinion writer who focuses on Philippine national politics and sectoral issues. His personal advocacy includes press freedom and social justice.

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