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10/25/2011: Amigo and El Filibusterismo @ NYU

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Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU presentsIn Collaboration With Penguin Classics Celebrating The 150th Anniversary Of The Birth Of José Rizal Screening Of “Amigo” & Conversation with Director John Sayles and National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum Moderated By Poet Luis H. Francia

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 Cantor Film Center 36 East 8th Street Theater 101 6:30PM-9:30PM RSVP: online at www. apa.nyu.edu | apa.rsvp@nyu.edu | 212.992.9653 Free and open to the public. This evening celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Filipino writer, political activist, and Philippine national hero José Rizal begins with a screening of the new John Sayles film “Amigo.” The film, starring Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt and Joel Torre, is set during the Philippine-American War in 1900, as a village mayor (Torre) tries to negotiate between the local guerrillas and the American forces garrisoned in his town.

After the screening, Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation will be in conversation with director John Sayles. Augenbraum has translated Rizalʼs seminal titles Noli Me Tangere and most recently El Filibusterismo for the 65th year of Penguin Classics. José Rizal was one of the leading champions of Filipino nationalism and independence. His masterpiece, Noli Me Tangere, is widely considered to be the foundational novel of the Philippines. El Filibusterismo is a riveting continuation, which picks up the story thirteen years later and serves as an account of Filipino resistance to colonial rule that still resonates today. The conversation will be moderated by poet and scholar Luis H. Francia from the A/P/A Studies Program at NYU. Franciaʼs A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos (Overlook Press) was published in 2010.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by: NYU Center for Media, Culture and History

Trailer: AMIGO (John Sayles, 2010)

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Via Twitch Film: AMIGO is the latest film from award-winning writer-director John Sayles, and is set during the Philippine-American War in 1900. It stars Chris Cooper, DJ Qualls, Garret Dillahunt, Joel Torre, Yul Vazquez, Ronnie Lazaro.

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 guerrillas. A sympathetic American lieutenant (Garret Dillahunt) learns that 'hearts and minds' cannot be won at gunpoint. A devious Spanish friar (Yul Vazquez) thwarts communications 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.

Have a look at the beautiful trailer below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYE4KSwE1QI&w=560&h=349]

-- List of USA theaters is here: http://www3.amigomovie.com/theaters.