Adela

Special admission prices apply: General admission, $10 until March 11, $11 on or after March 12; BAM/PFA and Center for Asian American Media members, $8; Students, seniors, and disabled persons, $9.

Buried deep within a massive dumpsite on Manila's outskirts is a bustling community, equally isolated from and connected to the outside world. Makeshift dirt roads wind through a maze of trash piles and dilapidated shacks. Young mothers feed their newborn children, overeager hacks trade money for political support, and teenage entrepreneurs sell pilfered goods. Watching over the community is Adela, a widow who's preparing to celebrate her eightieth birthday. A moving examination of the ways that poverty and old age marginalize Filipino citizens, Adela is also a tribute to its remarkable lead actress, Anita Linda, who began her career in 1943 and has worked with Lino Brocka, Mario O'Hara, and many others. Using long takes that frequently unfold in extreme long shot, Adela captures the intense isolation felt by its protagonist. When the film offers a rare close-up of Adela, the effect is overpowering: the hardships of a forgotten generation are projected onto Linda's weathered, tear-strewn face.

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