Known as “a Filipino freedom fighter that choses cinema as his weapon, a rebolusyonario that shoots film instead of people,” Philippine New Wave director Lav Diaz’s gripping epic finds it’s inspiration in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment as it reflects on the past century of rural life still overcoming its post-colonial experience. In the island province of Luzon, Fabian, an embittered young law-school dropout, commits a horrific double murder. Escaping justice, an innocent family man is convicted of the crime and sentenced to a life in prison that leaves his wife and children to fend for themselves. At once a meditation on cultural memory, class, personal and national guilt, the tyranny of ideology, and the reality of cosmic injustice, Norte provides an immersion into a reality not soon forgotten. “Makes you wish it were twice as long.”—Time Out.