Director: Mike De Leon
Language: Filipino; English subtitles
Runtime: 93 min
In brilliantly self-reflexive ways, Mike De Leon’s Third World Hero wrestles with the challenge of making a movie about one of the Philippines’ most revered historical figures, Jose Rizal, the 19th-century novelist and revolutionary who fought against Spanish colonial rule. Faced with the unanswerable question of whether or not Rizal recanted his opposition to the Catholic Church before his execution (and whether he was tortured into doing so), De Leon creates a dazzlingly kaleidoscopic meditation on history, invention, mythmaking, and the continued fight for a nation’s soul.
The digital screening copy of Bayaning 3rd World was made possible through the digitisation of the 35mm original camera and sound negatives preserved by the Asian Film Archive.
This screening is part of Retrospective: Mike De Leon. For the full programme, please click here.
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