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1h 30m
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A college student, his girlfriend, and bestfriend get more than what they bargained for when they decide to learn about the dark days of Martial Law straight from an old retired soldier who may be one of its worst abusers.

Top Billed Cast


LANGUAGE : Filipino

Solar Pictures, Inc.


PRODUCER : Exec. Producer-Roselle Lorenzo, Benedict Mique ; Co-Producer-Jaime G. Baltazar
EDITOR : Mikael Angelo Pestaño
SOUND : Aian, Caro Lamberto Casas Jr., Albert Michael Idioma

Written and Directed by Benedict Mique
Produced by Jaime Balazar, Roselle Lorenzo, Benedict Mique, Kim Valencia
Music by Pearlsha Abubakar
Cinematography by Anne Monzon Film
Editing by Mikael Angelo Pestano
Production Design by Mark Sabas
Production Management Rowena Concepcion
Second Unit Director Jacqueline R. Carlos

Festivals Participated / Recognitions

Best Editing, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2018
Best Actor, Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2018
Outstanding Performance by an Actor, FAMAS 2019
Indie Movie Sound Engineer of the Year, Star Awards 2019

Related Articles:

‘ML’ Review: History in the maiming – Rappler
ML is blunt and brash. It is also unabashedly didactic. It knows its intentions and doesn’t hide behind artful subtleties. Instead, it shocks and rattles, absolutely aware that the most effective way to portray the horrors of a history that is woefully being forgotten is through horror.
Movie review: ‘ML’ shows millennials the horrors of Martial Law – ABS-CBN News
Writer-director Benedict Mique was able to think up and execute a film that gave a novel approach to show the horrors of Martial Law. There was no need for preachy politics here to promote #NeverForget, just in-your-face brutality to get his point across. He was aiming for clueless young people who have been currently bombarded with various forms of historical revisionism on social media about these dark years and who may now actually believe that these horrors never existed at all. 8/10
Remembering Martial Law: ‘ML’ now available for streaming – Nolisoli
Good thing films like “ML” are now more easily accessible to wider audiences. “ML,” which was first screened at last year’s Cinemalaya, is now available for streaming on iWant.
A history lesson – BusinessWorld
Mr. Mique said that he got the idea for the film when he saw a Facebook post from one of his younger relatives which said “Martial Law isn’t so bad after all.” He said he wants to show the younger generation, and his own children (he has a nine-year-old and a three-year-old), the horrors of Martial Law and why it should be seen as a bad thing.