A story of a family caught in the middle of a tumultuous decade, Dekada '70 details how a middle class family struggled with and faced the new changes that empowered Filipinos to rise against the government. Following the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, proclamation of Martial Law, bombing of Plaza Miranda, random arrests and political prisoners shaped the decade. While the government gets more oppressive, people get more radical. All these witnessed by Amanda Bartolome (Vil ma Santos), a mother of five boys. And while her sons grow, form their beliefs and lead different lives, Amanda awakens her identity to state her stand as a citizen, a mother, and a woman.