Lino Brocka

Insiang

Insiang

Jealousy and violence take center stage in this claustrophobic melo­drama, a tautly constructed character study set in the slums of Manila. Lino Brocka crafts an eviscerating portrait of an innocent daughter and her bitter mother as women scorned. Insiang leads a quiet life dominated by household duties, but after she is raped by her mother’s lover and abandoned by the young man who claims to care for her, she exacts vicious revenge. A savage commentary on the degradations of urban poverty, especially for women, Insiang was the first Philippine film ever to play at Cannes.

Film Info

  • Lino Brocka
  • Philippines
  • 1976
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Tagalog, English
  • Spine #874

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Insiang
Cast
Hilda Koronel
Insiang
Mona Lisa
Tonya
Ruel Vernal
Dado
Rez Cortez
Bebot
Nina Lorenzo
Ludy Karyas
Marlon Ramirez
Nanding Karyas
Mely Mallari
Tonya’s sister-in-law
Carpi Asturias
Mr. Karyas
Eddie Pagayon
Bebot’s friend
Joe Jardi
Bebot’s friend
Danny Posadas
Dado’s friend
Tommy Yap
Hotel manager
Members of the PETA
And
Kalinangan Ensemble
Credits
Director
Lino Brocka
Executive producer
Ruby Tiong Tan
Screenplay by
Mario O’Hara
Screenplay by
Lamberto E. Antonio
Based on the novel by
Mario O’Hara
Editor
Augusto Salvador
Director of photography
Conrado Baltazar
In charge of production
Rogelio B. Pasicolan
Assistant director
Jerry O’Hara
Production manager
George Santos
Sound supervisor
Rudy Baldovino
Sound effects
Danny Salvador
Music
Minda D. Azarcon
Art director
Fiel Zabat
Set dresser
Jun Manuel
Makeup
Joey Luna
Assistant camera
Dharry Boy Bustos
Electrician
Roberto Sarmiento
Sound
Ago Salvador
Clapper
Divino Derige
Camera lifter
Renato de la Paz
Utility
Romulo Herangco
Utility
Roberto Kabahar
Still photographers
Romeo Vitug
Still photographers
Jimmy Peralta

From The Current

Insiang: Slum Goddess
Insiang: Slum Goddess

Lino Brocka brought an invigoratingly personal and socially conscious vision to Philippine cinema with this gritty portrait of Manila barrio life.

By Phillip Lopate

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