Bayani (1992), is a drama film set during the war of independence against the Spanish in the late 19th century. The story centers around the life of Andres Bonifacio who finally falls victim to political in-fighting once the revolution gathers steam. It was the first full-length feature of indie film director, Raymond Red.
Bayani's story is based on the life of the Philippine national hero, Andres Bonifacio, one of the founders of the Katipunan movement and an outstanding leader of the 1986 revolution against Spanish colonizers. The film focuses on Bonifacio's internal conflicts amidst the factionalism rocking the Katipunan movement. Though Bonifacio was the central figure of his party, his position was endangered by betrayals, blackmail and power struggles. He decided to begin the revolution himself. As a result, confusion and divided political loyalties were engendered.
Because Bonifacio felt unable to unify the entire revolutionary army, he decided to leave the campaign with his men. The soldiers of the opposing army then attacked them and Bonifacio was executed.
Bayani was the first feature film that Raymond Red shot in 35mm. Called by Red a "pseudo-docudrama", the film was generally misunderstood, it being a fictive characterization of the Father of the Philippine Revolution. It only had a limited distribution in the country, given its specialized appeal. However, it did make the festival rounds and was warmly received in the 1992 Tokyo and Hawaii International Film Festivals.
More importantly, Bayani's release opened the door for other experimental Filipino filmmakers.
- Julio Diaz
- Raymond Alsona
- Crispin Molina
- John Arcilla
- Grace Amilbangsa
- Raul Arellano
- Connie Lauigan-Chua
- Ronnie Lazaro
- Pen Medina
- Julien Mendoza
- Director/Editor/Script/Photography - Raymond Red
- Production Company - Janetzko Film and Zweites Deusches Fernsehen
- Producer - Christoph Janetzko
- Photography - Yam Yanaras
- Editor - Larry Manda
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