Reposting from the Cinemanila Yahoo Groups. You can watch Dukot’s music video trailer here.
Mike de Leon’s “Sister Stella L.”, Lino Brocka’s “Kapit sa Patalim (Bayan Ko”) and “Orapronobis” are but a few in the short list of significant, political, Filipino films by master filmmakers, which reflected the sentiment of their times.
ATD Entertainment Productions in partnership with CDP Events and Entertainment Productions will resurrect the “political film” genre when the principal photography starts soon with an important, fearless and timeless piece: “Dukot (Desaparecidos).”
Palanca-awardee Bonifacio Ilagan wrote “Dukot” which will be megged by multi-awarded director Joel C. Lamangan. Leading the cast are Allen Dizon and Iza Calzado, supported by Gina Alajar, Robert Arevalo, Emilio Garcia, Felix Roco, Jr. and Snooky Serna. Also in the ensemble are: Raquel Villavicencio, Mon Confiado, John Apacible, Jim Pebangco, Rico Barrera, Menggie Cobarrubias, Tony Mabesa,Nanding Josef and newcomer Armaine Pagcu.
“Dukot” tackles the issues of human rights violation and extra-judicial killings. Co-producers ATD and CDP throw cautions: “Warning to the onion-skinned: It’s only job, nothing personal. ‘Dukot’ will surely hurt because it’s an anthology of reality-based stories of the so-called ‘desaparecidos,’ particularly those activists who have disappeared under mysterious circumstances and who, to this date, have not been heard about by their own families.
What really happens to these “desaparecidos” and their families? Who are responsible for their disappearances?
Writer Ilagan says: “’Dukot’ could very well be the first full-length film to deal squarely with the current phenomenon of human rights violations in the Philippines …”
Director Lamangan admits: “It’s one of my dream projects. I do soap operas and commercial films, but this time, I’m very pleased to do a socially-relevant movie like ‘Dukot.’”
Lead actress Iza gushes: “It’s a role to die for. I’m thankful to Direk Joel for entrusting to me the role of Maricel.”
Allen D. is proudest of ATD’s latest venture: “After reading the script, I was dumb-founded. I really couldn’t sleep over that role of Junix’s. I wish I could do justice to it. I really have to prepare for it. After ‘Paupahan’ which figures in the coming Star Awards for Movies—including a Best Actor nomination for me and the Best Digital Movie of the Year; our second feature ‘Marino’ is almost in the can and it makes me super proud, too; here comes ‘Dukot.’ What else can I ask for?”
Co-producer Ms. Carina Pagcu of CDP shares: “I cried after reading the script. I got scared, too for its courage and honesty. I talked to my husband… We agreed that this may not earn but we’ll pull it through. We’ll try the international festival circuit and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Win or lose, we’re doing a significant movie.”