ASIAN FILM - Article
13:38 - 1st August 2014, by David West

Independencia

When the Americans invade the Philippines, one man (Sid Lucero) and his mother (Tetchie Agbayani) retreat into the forest, where they live a secluded existence cut off from the strife of the occupation. One day, the man finds an unconscious woman (Alessandra de Rossi) who has been raped by US soldiers and brings her to their hidden home, but their refuge is under threat as the invaders advance into the interior. Independencia is the story of the American seizure of the Philippines, told using the techniques of 1930s Hollywood cinema. Director Raya Martin wanted to explore the notion that history is always written by the victors, so he decided to shoot Independencia in black and white on sound stages like those used in American movie studios, so the forest is artificial, complete with painted backdrops. The first Filipino film to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, Independencia comes to DVD on 11 August from Second Run.

blog comments powered by Disqus
SHARE THIS ARTICLE

NEO MAGAZINE
Issue 169, on sale now!
DIGITAL EDITION
PRINT EDITION

Uncooked Media
© 2018
Uncooked Media Ltd
PO Box 6337,
Bournemouth,
BH1 9EH
Reg: 04750336