“Dance of the Steel Bars” is a captivating story inspired by the world-famous Dancing Inmates of the Cebu Penitentiary. Dingdong’s co-star in the international movie is Irish actor Patrick Bergin, who played Julia Roberts’ menacing husband in “Sleeping With The Enemy.” It’s produced by Stuart Cameron and Stu Higton under Portfolio Films International in partnership with Marnie Manicad Productions.
Also starring in the movie are Ricky Davao, Maila Damian, Mon Confiado, Kathleen Hermosa, Thou Reyes, Gabe Mercado, and Joey Paras.
Here is the synopsis of the movie according to IMDB:
A story inspired by actual events in a Filipino prison, the struggles that inmates experience and their quest to feel human again. This riveting feature film about redemption follows Frank Parish (Patrick Bergin), a retired US fireman and philanthropist who finds himself wrongly accused of murder and jailed in the Philippines. Stuck in prison, Frank was beginning to lose faith in everything he believed in until he becomes friends with Mando (Dingdong Dantes), a convicted murderer who denies his passion for dancing just to prove his masculinity and Allona (Joey Paras), a transsexual who tries to contribute to prison reforms by teaching his fellow inmates dance exercises. They get involved in a tricky struggle between the positive changes initiated by the new warden (Ricky Davao) and the corrupt system that weighs down the inmates’ chance to become better individuals. Frank finds himself caught in an intricate web of lies and must choose between concealing what he knows to keep himself out of danger or to help his fellow inmates by revealing the truth. Will he remain on the sidelines as an observer, or will he dance the dance of the steel bars?
Directed by Cesar Apolinario and Marnie Manicad with screenplay by Cris Lim, “Dance of the Steelbars” is slated to open in theaters on May 22, 2013.
Images are from the film’s official website www.danceofthesteelbars.com
Watch the trailer here: