Contemporary World Cinema

SIFF Says:

Packed with action and romance, Bonifacio is a stirringly dramatic telling of the story of Andrés Bonifacio, a leader in the movement to liberate the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule in the late 1800s. This controversial figure is presented as a fierce fighter and brave leader, a loving brother and husband who endured great personal tragedy and sacrificed himself, all for love of his homeland. Anchored in present-day Manila, three high school students learn from a museum curator that the history they’ve been taught is incomplete at best, inaccurate at worst. Objects in the museum become windows to the past while the mix of time periods shows how a historical figure can continue to inspire in the modern world. Robin Padilla, an established star in the Philippines, brings a quiet dignity to his role as the philosophical and charismatic leader and later displays his action film experience in expertly choreographed battle sequences. Featuring an emotional score and sweeping cinematography, Bonifacio illuminates a historic figure with passionate relevance to our modern world.

Stranger Says:

Even if you don't know anything about the Filipino independence movement, pretty much everything about this historic melodrama will feel familiar, simply because it sticks to formula with such consistency and dedication. The cruel colonists, the secret midnight sedition, the fraternal hurrahs for sacrifice in the name of freedom. I still remember napping through the American versions of these things in junior high. (KRISHANU RAY)

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Film Credits
Enzo Williams
Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla, Eddie Garcia, Cholo Barretto
SIFF 2015