(Now available on iTunes, with English subtitles)
I first saw Mario O'Hara's Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Years Without God) in the 1996 Pelikula at Lipunan (Film and Society) festival two decades after its initial commercial run and was convinced it was the finest Filipino film ever made. Sitting down to watch the picture two decades later I have to approach carefully, gingerly, like with an old friend who has long since dropped out of sight: Has it lost its power? Has its edges dulled with familiarity and time? Does this World War 2 drama still speak to us--to me--with eloquence and force?