I have yet to watch the historical drama film “Amigo“, but I cannot help but feel awestruck  by what the plot, the trailer, and even the posters are all trying to convey. A sense of true friendship, brotherhood, an emotionally harrowing story revived from the torn pages of Philippine-American history. It came out timely, as we commemorate each nation’s month-long celebration of Independence (Philippines last June 12; and US, last 4th of July).

Quite contrary, as we delve more into our respective histories is a never been told story that ties two nations during a bloody war that happened, was forgotten nevertheless significant. But thanks to the brilliant minded writer director John Sayles, that an untold story have surfaced in the reel world.

AMIGO, the movie stars Joel Torre as Rafael Dacanay, a village mayor caught in the murderous cross-fire of the Philippine-American War in 1900.

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When U.S. troops garrison his village, Rafael comes under pressure to collaborate from the blood-and-guts Colonel Hardacre (Chris Cooper) as he tries not to betray his people, especially his brother Simón (Ronnie Lazaro), head of the local Filipino guerillas. A sympathetic American lieutenant (Garret Dillahunt) learns that “hearts and minds” cannot be won at gunpoint. A devious Spanish friar (Yul Vazquez) thwarts communication with his spiteful intrigues. Rafael is forced to make the near-impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by civilians in an occupied country. Friendship and betrayal, romance and heart-breaking violence, AMIGO is a page torn from the forgotten history of imperialism and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.


Check out the trailer of Amigo!

August 19, 2011 in select US cities. Still, Now showing in the Philippines!