In this documentary, journalists, human rights lawyers, activists, labor leaders, and artists emphasize the work, the risks, and the hardships that came with challenging the Marcos dictatorship. They discuss issues of red-baiting and repression that led to the suffering and deaths of those who fought for democracy in the Philippines. “Ang batas ay hindi masyadong masama (the law is not that bad),” says former senator Jose W. Diokno in the film. “Ang masama ay ang pagka-intindi ng mga militar at pulis sa kahulugan ng batas (what’s bad is the interpretation of the military and police on the spirit of the law).”

The film begins with interviews of people visiting Ninoy Aquino’s wake at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. It then moves to the experience of people representing various sectors: Sr. Christine Tan of Justice for Aquino, Justice for All; Joe Burgos, publisher of the independent newspaper Malaya; journalists Armando Malay and Ceres Doyo; former senator Jose W. Diokno; Letty Magsanoc, former editor of Philippine Panorama; Rene Saguisag, MABINI lawyer; Lino Brocka of Concerned Artists of the Philippines; Loretta Rosales of Alliance of Concerned Teachers; Ka Felicing Villados, labor leader; Popsing Malonzo of Kilusang Mayo Uno; Dr Sylvia de la Paz of the Medical Action Group; Elmer Mercado of League of Filipino Students; Sr Mariani Dimaranan of Tasks Force Detainees of the Philippines; Jaime Cardinal Sin, archbishop of Manila; and Ramon del Rosario, Jr, businessman.

Notable is the representation of mainstream celebrities and filmmakers who rose against censorship and human rights violations. The Manila Film Center and the Manila International Film Festival are visible in the background of protests and interviews. Director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Anita Linda, Johnny Delgado, Bembol Roco, Mitch Valdez, and Gina Alajar are seen speaking out in a mass demonstration against the Board of Review for Motion Pictures and Television headed by Maria Kalaw Katigbak.

The film itself is collectively made–the hierarchy of credits flattened–by artists who by this time were already quite renowned in the cinema scene, including director Mike de Leon, writers Jose F. Lacaba and Ricky Lee, and musician Ding Achacoso. “It was no accident that this documentary heavily influenced my depiction of the major characters of Sister Stella L.,” said de Leon, referring to the film starring Vilma Santos that he directed under Regal Films the following year. “Sister Christine and Ka Felicing became my templates for the characters of the two Sister Stellas and the union leader Ka Dencio.”