Independencia (film)

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Directed by Raya Martin
Produced by Arleen Cuevas
Written by Raya Martin, Ramon Sarmiento
Starring Alessandra de Rossi
Tetchie Agbayani
Sid Lucero
Editing by Jay Halili
Release date(s) 2009
Country Flag of the PhilippinesPhilippines
Language English
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Independencia is a independent historical film directed by Raya Martin and shot in a studio. In 2009, it became the first Filipino film to be included in the Un Certain Regard category of the Cannes International Film Festival.

Set during the American occupation of the Philippines, the movie portrays the kind of resistance during those times, "one that moves away from a history of armed struggle and delves deeper into the opposition of forces, the survival of human existence, and the liberation of the true Filipino identity." It is a sequel to Martin's first film Maicling Pelicula ng Ysang Indio Nacional (O Ang Mahabang Kalungkutan ng Katagalugan), set during the Spanish period and starring various theater actors.



A mother and her son go to the mountains to live in peace and avoid the chaos and unrest in the towns. The two manage to live in peaceful isolation deep in the woods for several years.

While hunting in the woods one day, the son finds a wounded woman. Despite his mother's silent objection, the son takes the woman home and cares for her. When the mother learns that the woman is pregnant, she instantly fears for their lives and distances herself. The mother becomes ill and weak, and then dies. Meanwhile, the son develops feelings for the strange woman who gives birth to a baby boy. They continue to live in isolation, away from the town.

One night, the child wanders into the woods and goes missing. When found, he speaks of a man cloaked in light. They believe this to be a sign that a Savior is coming, and the father and son try to search for an amulet that will save their lives.

Rains come, and the three continue to fight for survival. The father is faced with blindness, the mother deals with loneliness, while the child grows curious about the world outside the mountains. The weather takes the lives of the parents, and the child faces his real identity when American troops accidentally discover him.

Recognitions received

The film is supported by Cannes Festival Cinefondation Residence, and received funding grants from IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) Hubert Bals Fund Fall. The Prince Claus Fund Film Grant also awarded a grant amounting to 15,000 euros (P960,000) in the 2007 CineMart Awards in Rotterdam.

In 2008, it received again a grant worth €120,000 (PhP7 million) from the French government's Fonds Sud Cinema -- a financial aid awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to film productions in developing countries. Independencia is the first Filipino film to receive such grant.


  • 2009 - Grand Prize in the Southeast Asian Category, Bangkok International Film Festival
  • 2009 - NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury Prize Award, Bangkok International Film Festival


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