Brocka: The Filmmaker Without Fear

Sandaang Salaysay

A podcast series Filipino folktales and children stories brought to us by Areté and the Ateneo de Manila Basic Education in partnership with The Bookmark, Inc. and sponsored by Role Players, Inc.

Our podcast story today, Brocka: The Filmmaker Without Fear, is part of the Modern Hero Stories, a series of stories under Sandaang Salaysay about the lives of great and honorable Filipinos. This story is about National Artist for Film Lino Brocka who urged fellow filmmakers, artists, and citizens to confront the burning issues in Filipino society, written by Jose T. Gamboa and read by Ivy Baggao.

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Learning Guide
Prepared by Ricardo G. Abad, Ph.D. and Ivy Baggao.

Heroes are not always “big people” who are endowed with power, possessions, or popularity. They are also “small people” who lead ordinary and unspectacular lives. Big or small, they are people who light the way forward for others. What sets heroes apart is the way they shine that light against overwhelming odds, sometimes to risk life and limb, and for a cause infinitely greater than themselves. Heroes inspire us to be good and do good deeds--to become heroes ourselves.

  1. Who are the people that served as Lino’s "heroes?"

  2. How did Lino’s heroes help in their journey to success?

  3. In what way is Lino a hero? What aspects of their life make them a hero?

  4. Who in your life is a hero? What makes this person a hero to you?

  5. How does one become a hero? Can we choose to become a hero? Or does one become a hero only by accident?

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Source: Brocka: The Filmmaker Without Fear. Jose T. Gamboa. The Bookmark, Inc. 2013.

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