Reel Patriotism: Movies that Celebrate Pinoy Pride

As we celebrate The 113th Philippines’ Declaration of Independence on June 12, 2011 – Sunday.. We can sit at home, relax and enjoy movies that best shows and describes how The Philippines was way back then. Movies that will give us more knowledge of how our country was in the past as what we always say – “It is the past that defines the present and helps predict the future”.

1. Rosario
Set in the 1920s, this beautiful period film tells the story of a woman ahead of her time. While it portrays the suffering Rosario (Jennylyn Mercado) must endure because of her passion and her defiance of social norms, the movie also celebrates the Filipina’s liberation from convention and prevalent patriarchal beliefs.

2. Independencia
Directed by Raya Martin, this independent art film has been the recipient of international awards, including the Grand Prize for the Southeast Asian Competition at the 2009 Bangkok International Film Festival and the NETPAC Jury Prize. Through focusing on the life of a small Filipino family who has sought refuge in the woods and away from the chaos that is starting to beset the rest of the country at the turn of the 20th century, the film depicts the characters’ daily fight for survival, interspersed with their broader search for humanity, identity, and freedom in the face of the American occupation.

3. El Filibusterismo, 1962

Gerardo de Leon’s cinematic adaptation of Jose Rizal’s novel provides evocative cinematography and captures the humanity of Rizal’s gothic characters, all of whom represent a particular aspect of Philippine society during the Spanish colonization.

4. Imelda
Although some people know little about Imelda Marcos beyond the fact that she was the wife of Ferdinand Marcos and famed for owning over a thousand pairs of shoes, this documentary gives viewers a broader perspective on her personal history and her opinions about what transpired during the Marcos regime. Raw in its presentation and with occasional moments of dark comedy, this interview with the former first lady showcases her predilection for luxury and self-invention and contrasts this with the testimonials of those who have opposed her (some of whom were torture victims during the Marcos era).
And last but not the least, as we celebrate Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th Birthday on June 19.

5. Jose Rizal
Acclaimed for its stunning cinematography, poignant storyline, and exceptional acting, Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s film is an epic portrayal of the life of our national hero, the persecution of the Filipino people, and the birth of a revolution against Spanish rule.