Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  89 minutes
Date:  1994
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Tagalog; Spanish
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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A dramatic film about the cost of an oil spill to a fishing village in the Philippines.


A compelling dramatic feature from the Philippines which starts off at dawn in a fishing village in Bataan after a tanker has spilled oil in the night. The oil threatens not just marine life but the existence of the entire community. People and animals get sick. Many villagers leave. The film chronicles the efforts of Lucia and her family to stay in the village. But the social forces at play are too strong and Lucia is powerless to stop the disintegration of her family as they are forced into the slums of Manila.

'Social realism at its most searing, relentlessly despairing but riveting.'


Best Developing Country Production, Okomedia
Premier Award, One World Broadcasting Trust
Best Drama Special, Philippine Movie Press Club


Main credits

Lee, Ricardo (screenwriter)
Chionglo, Mel (film director)
Firstbrook, P. L. (film producer)
Rodriguez, Lolita (actress)
Alajar, Gina (actress)
Ranillo, Suzette (actress)
Baldomero, Elvira (actress)

Other credits

Photographer, Rody Lacap; editor, Jesus Navarro; music, Max Jocson.

Distributor credits

Manila Inter-Film/BBC

Manila Inter-Film/BBC
Mel Chionglo
From a sceenplay by Lino Brocka

Docuseek2 subjects

Philippines, The
Rural Studies
Asian Studies
Fossil Fuels

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Human Rights
Social Justice


Philippines, fishing village, tanker, oil,"Lucia",Bullfrog Films

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