SIGNOS (1984)

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Signos (1984) is a Super 8mm film documentary that was a true product of its time, a collaboration by film artists and writers, who, in spite of varying political persuations, were united by one common goal – ousting the reviled Marcos regime. It features interviews of courageous personalities who challenged the autocratic rule of the Marcos family – like former senator Jose W. Diokno, journalists Joe Burgos, Letty Jimenez Magsanoc, and Ceres Doyo, activist nuns Sister Christine Tan and Sister Mariani Dimaranan, human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag, labor leader Ka Felicing Villados, film director Lino Brocka, Cardinal Sin, among others.

Because of severe media restrictions at that time, the film was circulated through home video which was fondly called called the ‘Betamax circuit.’ ‘Signos’ was compiled and edited by Mike De Leon at the same time as his feature film ‘Sister Stella L.’ In many respects, the two films influenced each other.

‘Signos’ was narrated by Jose Almojuela, and edited by Jess Navarro, Ding Achacoso and Jose Almojuela. Many cameramen shot footage for the film. Among them were Rody Lacap, Joe Cuaresma, Lito Tiongson and Ding Achacoso.

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