words by robert manuguid silverio
Nang maipalabas kamakailan lang sa Agitprop Filmfest sa U.P. Film Center ang pelikulang “Dukot”, muling nabuhay ang damdamin ng mga makabayan na nilalang. Lalo na ang mga kabataang mag-aaral na nanood sa pelikula. At sa unang pagkakataon, napanood ng writer-blogger na ito ang “obra-maestra” na ito ni direk Joel Lamangan.
Sa mga susunod na araw matutunghayan ang aming film review sa pelikulang ito. Sa ngayon, masasabi naming isa itong imortal na pelikula! Imortal, in the sense that this film has got all the good qualities of an undying message to everyone. A film that you will be proud to present to the future members of this generation:
Ang walang katapusang pagsuko at pakikipaglaban ng mga taong ang hangad lamang ay makatulong sa mga mahihirap na nilalang sa mga liblib na pook ng ating bansa.
Nguni’t sila’y pinipigilan…
Sa pelikulang “Dukot” (na unang naipalabas nung taong 2009 at magmula noon, kung saan-saan nang mga bansa nakarating ang pelikula), na hanggang ngayon umaani pa rin ng mga papuri sa maraming panig ng mundo- malinis na ipinakita ang mga sakripisyo ng bawat “makabayan” na nilalang. Naaalala namin ang isa sa mga idolo naming si Che Guevarra sa karakter ni Allen Dizon (bilang si Junix Etrata sa pelikula). Namundok at namuhay kasama ang mga katutubo, inialay ang sarili para makatulong, pero sa bandang huli ay papatayin lamang ng mga militar na galit sa mga aktibistang tulad niya.
Kung walang direk Joel Lamangan na matapang maglahad ng mga ganitong uri ng pelikula, walang mangyayari sa tunay na diwa ng pagiging isang maka-sining. Marami ngayong mga datihan nang direktor, maski mga baguhan, ang takot sa matatapang na pelikula. Pera lang ang nasa isip nila. Ang kumita. Dahil diyan, nawawala ang tunay na kahulugan ng SINING.
Below are some production notes and exclusive photos about “Dukot (Desaparecidos):
Some powerful torture scenes in DUKOT with lead actor ALLEN DIZON in a tour de force performance.This is based on the true stories of ‘desaparecidos’—those abducted political activists and later summarily liquidated.Those who have see the advance screenings of this film say: “Gutsy…Uncompromising in bravely pointing an accusing finger on the real perpetrators of these human rights violations…”
Si Junix Etrata( Allen Dizon) ay dating student leader na nag-full time sa movement at hindi na nagpatuloy sa pag-aaral,ang bagay na ito ay nagpalito sa character ni Sonia ( Gina Alajar),ang butihing ina ni Maricel Salvacruz played by Iza Calzado.Kung ano ang mag-full time sa kilusan,ay sasagutin ng pelikulang “Dukot”. Ang pelikula ay lumibot na sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas at abroad…
AND BELOW IS AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MR. RICKY F. LO WHICH WAS PUBLBISHED IN PHILSTAR.COM, ABOUT ALLEN DIZON, LEAD ACTOR OF “DUKOT”!
“ALLEN MADE THE RIGHT DECISION” BY RICKY F. LO
It started with Dukot two years ago, a film about desaparecidos directed by Joel Lamangan.
Starring with Iza Calzado, Allen Dizon played a “tortured activist” and he loved it. Last year, Dukot won three Best Picture awards from three award-giving bodies and Best Actor trophies for Allen from the 58th FAMAS Awards and the 8th Gawad Tanglaw. It was also shown in Canada, USA, Hong Kong and other countries where Allen sat as resource person in forums on human rights issues.
“I made the right decision,” said Allen who has successfully shed his bold-actor image and replaced it with that of an “activist actor,” adding, “I promised to stop doing sexy movies. After Dukot, I told myself and Dennis (Evangelista, his manager), ‘This is the kind of movies that I want to do from now on.” Allen and Dennis produce most of Allen’s indies.
Dukot afforded Allen a vicarious experience of being an activist.
“I may not march on the streets but through my movies at least I can contribute my share to the movement,” said Allen.
After Dukot, Allen did Sigwa, which was about the First Quarter Storm also directed by Lamangan, in which he played a deep penetration agent/military man who fell for a Phil-Am journalist activist. Allen was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by some award-giving bodies.
This year, Allen did the political thriller Deadline, again by Lamangan, which tackled media killings and warlordism in the Philippines. Starring with Lovi Poe, TJ Trinidad, Ina Feleo, Luis Alandy and Tirso Cruz III, Allen essayed the role of a highly-principled provincial journalist who put his own life in danger, including those of his fiancée and family, in his exposé against a powerful political warlord in Mindanao.
“It’s my first time to play a newspaperman, so I did a research on media practitioners. In my dramatic highlights, Direk Joel guided me with great patience, like in the tragic bombing scene.”
In Patikul, also by Lamangan, an entry in the Directors’ Showcase of the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival (July 15 to 24), Allen plays Amman, an illiterate Muslim coffee farmer who’d do everything to bring the teachers and students back to a school terrorized by local bandits.
Also in Patikul are Marvin Agustin, Glaiza de Castro, Dimples Romana, Ciara Sotto, Jaime Pebanco, Martin delos Santos, Jeon Macatangay, Richard Quan, Rico Barrera, Rubi-Rubi and Angelie Nicole Sanoy.
Away from showbiz, Allen is a businessman who is one of the owners of a fast-food chain in SM Pampanga (Allen’s home province), and of the NLEX Caltex Branch.
Besides movies, he’s also busy doing soap, the latest being the new ABS-CBN suspense-erotic-drama Nasaan Ka, Elisa? with Albert Martinez, Melissa Ricks and Vina Morales (with whom Allen has daring, but not necessarily bold, scenes).
“I enjoy the best of both worlds, mainstream TV and indies,” said Allen.
He has lined up more indies on the plight of the urban poor, labor unrest, reproductive health, land reform and OFW-related issues.