John Lloyd, Maria Ressa And Other Artists Join In ‘Great Dictator’
ANTI-TERROR LAW – Recently, the new Anti-Terror bill was was signed into a law, causing artists and journalists like John Lloyd Cruz and Maria Ressa to band together.
The video was a compilation of artists, legislators, journalists, educators, and concerned groups that featured Rody Vera’s Tagalog translation of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic speech in “The Great Dictator”.
This was one of the most iconic speeches that according to many, still holds true today. The speech was about tyrants, injustices, and how people should rise up against them and unite for peace.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, the video was directed by Chuck Gutierrez who worked for three weeks with several volunteers. Among these people were John Lloyd Cruz, Maria Ressa of Rappler, Human Rights lawyer Chel Diokno, and director Lav Diaz.
The speech opens up with Cruz saying “Ikinalulungkot ko pero ayaw kong maging diktador”. Moreover, the video was also close to 6 minutes and was filmed in black and white.
In Chaplin’s speech in the “Great Dictator”, the actor removed his comedic facade and talked directly to the audience about something dear to his heart – freedom from repression.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators will die and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so as men die, liberty will never perish.
In Gutierrez’s video, this was directly translated into Tagalog as:
Ang pagdurusang laganap ngayon ay dulot ng kasakiman, kapaitan ng ilang takot sa pag-unlad ng sangkatauhan. Ang kapuotan nila ay lilipas din at papanaw ang mga diktador. Ang kapangyarihang inagaw nila ay babalik sa mga tao. Sa kabila ng kamatayan ng marami, ang kalayaan ay di maglalaho