Youth group treated with glimpse of Phl history

Members of a youth group and some of their elders on Sunday November 17 were treated to a glimpse of Philippine history by the Philippine Consulate General with a screening of “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio”.

The movie, with English sub-titles, focused on the proceedings of a military court “investigating” the charges against Andres Bonifacio for treason and sedition”.

The screening was held at the Philippine Consulate General’s Bulwagang Rizal.

Attendees were members of the youth group of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Metro Sydney who have an ongoing “Back to Our Roots” cultural program.

Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis and Consul Marford Angeles, who briefed the group on the historical significance of the movie scenes, stayed with the group during the entire showing.

Most of the viewers were born in Australia and some arrived in Australia when they were still young.

“Although I did not quite understand some of the dialogues, I like the movie. It is very artistic, contemporary and informative. It is very different from some of the melodramatic Filipino films I remember watching,” said one of the youth leaders.

The movie, a production of the late director Mario O’Hara, was an entry to the 6th Annual Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

Film screening: Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio

In line with Andres Bonifacio’s Sequicentennial which culminates on Saturday November 30, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney will screen “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio”, a 2010 indie film by late Mario O’Hara.

paglilitis-movieThe film, an entry to the 6th annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, is “a brave and bold retelling of the trial of Andres Bonifacio, a version different from the sanitized version in textbooks. It flirted with the questions that your elementary history teachers probably tried to avoid,” wrote one film critic.

The movie revolves around the power play of the Bonifacio and Aguinaldo factions who both believed that they were the legitimate leaders of the revolution.

The faction in the revolutionary forces stems from the election of Gen Emilio Aguinaldo as president of a new revolutionary government that undermined Bonifacio’s role as the Supremo of the Katipunan.

The internal division led to Bonifacio and his brother Procopio being tried for treason, and who were later sentenced to be executed on a mountain by the war council.