From What Is Before (2014): Filipino Director Lav Diaz’s Award Winning Political Film

Filipino director Lav Diaz, who headed the international competition jury at last year’s Locarno Film Fest, returned to take the top prize at the 2014 Locarno Film Fest 67th edition with his film From What Is Before.

Clocking in at a daunting 338 minutes, the 1972-set, black-and-white period piece depicts the atmosphere and activity in an embattled barrio shortly before Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos put the troubled country under martial law.