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Independencia

Independencia

by Raya Martin

Philippines

 

Independencia

Director: Raya Martin

Screenplay: Raya Martin, Ramon Sarmiento

Cinematographer: Jeanne Lapoirie

Editing: Jay Halili

Sound: Ronald de Asis, Arnel Cacanindin

Music: Lutgardo Labad

Cast.: Tetchie Agbayani, Sid Lucero, Alessandra da Rossi, Mika Aguilos

Production: Cinematografica, Atopic, Arte France Cinéma, Razor Film, Volya Films

Distribution:
Shellac
Friche-la-belle-de-mai
41 rue Jobin
13003 Marseille
Tel: 0033-4.95.04.95.92
Mail: shellac@altern.org

Year: 2009

35 mm, B & W, 77 min, 
OV Tagalog with French subtitles

Un Certain Regard - Cannes 2009

In the beginning of 20th century, after being defeated Spain sells Philippines to United-States by a treaty. The United States refuse to acknowledge the declaration of independence of Philippines and forcibly enter the country to annex it. A mother and her son decide to run away to the mountains to find a safer life. One day, in the middle of the forest, the son discovers a young woman who has been sexually abused. He decides to bring her to their shelter. Years have passed. The son, now a man, the woman, and her child live in isolation away from the chaos ravaging the country. But while American troops are moving closer, a storm suddenly changes the course of their lives.

Independencia is about the history of our country and the history of our cinema. Aesthetically it imitates the films shot in our studios during the North-American occupation, whereas its narrative deals with a story of resistance during that same period.” Ray Martin

 

In the beginning of 20th century, after being defeated Spain sells Philippines to United-States by a treaty. The United States refuse to acknowledge the declaration of independence of Philippines and forcibly enter the country to annex it. A mother and her son decide to run away to the mountains to find a safer life. One day, in the middle of the forest, the son discovers a young woman who has been sexually abused. He decides to bring her to their shelter. Years have passed. The son, now a man, the woman, and her child live in isolation away from the chaos ravaging the country. But while American troops are moving closer, a storm suddenly changes the course of their lives.

“’Independencia’ is about the history of our country and the history of our cinema. Aesthetically it imitates the films shot in our studios during the North-American occupation, whereas its narrative deals with a story of resistance during that same period.” Ray Martin

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