Bayaning Third World is a movie within a movie. It revolves around the story of two film makers trying to re-make the life story of Jose P. Rizal. It tried to capture the cinematic moments of the Philippines' National Hero-- Dr. Jose P. Rizal. They investigated upon the reasons why some people worshipped him to the point of idolatry and why his works are supported by the government yet censored by the church. A quest into the reason of the national heroes influence which permeates into the Philippine social set up. It was basically a travel to the past, history was deconstructed for the movie presented a different persona out of Rizal and out of the significant people around him. Contrary to ...view middle of the document...
Questions such as: Does he really deserve to be named our national hero? What happened if he did not die? Did Jose Rizal retracted?
With regards the retraction of Jose Rizal it was clear from the evidence that he wrote a statement changing his position about the church. (Or was the statement authentic? That is another question). No problem with that, what stimulated the conflict is whether the document was really signed by the national hero or was just forged by the priests, if in such case the latter is true the priests lied thus, he committed a sin. In that matter aggravating the abuses they have ensued to the Filipinos. I personally believe that, wherever our national hero retracted his membership with the Masonry and embraced back the Roman Catholic Church, that does not change anything about his goal of liberating the country. It did not affect his nationalist ideals, it did not deter him from continuing to write about the abuses of the Spaniards, and above all it did not stop him from offering his life to the Philippines. If ever true, his retraction was motivated by his personal reasons of marrying the person he loves-- that did not completely changed anything about him, why not give him a chance to pursue some interests and desires for himself.
Evident in more of Rizal's writings were his stance in advocating violence, but only when such become an absolute necessity. Freedom should be won by deserving it, by influencing the mind, and enhancing the primacy of the individual. for what is important is his contribution to this country and not about his personal life.
Bayaning Third World, a “detective” story about Rizal being Philippine’s National Hero. Commenting on the movie per se, at first I thought it was some boring documentary about Rizal but understanding the facts exposed made me interested. The film was in black and white but it didn’t hindered my amusement because of the funny way they presented the most serious facts about Rizal. The movie was easy to understand if you were able to read about his life story or if you have tackled his life in your Filipino or Rizal subject but if not, you may get confused. Good thing, I have read and we have tackled his life in our lecture— that helped me follow through the film. This film also highlighted Rizal being a “Pilosopo” which reflected the Filipino attitude both in a good and not so good way. They also showed Rizal’s letters and documents which was commonly taken for granted to unveil the truth about his controversies. The movie made it “viewer-friendly” by face to face interviews with the persons involved and that is why I appreciated Rizal’s significant others behind their names.
The main point stressed in this film was Rizal’s Retraction, which involved his marriage to Josephine Bracken and the rumors about her being a spy for the friars. There were many possibilities and speculations brought about in this film, which also made me, think.
First point, they said that Rizal...