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.
The 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.