AMIGO

By John SAYLES

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Historical - Completed 2010

The US occupation of the Philippines in 1900 provides the backdrop to this story of squad of American soldiers who occupy a village and learn how to live and negotiate with the natives. They focus on the local head man who finds himself torn between loyalty to his family and the Americans.

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San Sebastian FF 2010
Official selection
    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 128 mn
    • Director(s)
    • John SAYLES
    • Producer(s)
    • Maggie RENZI
    • Synopsis
    • Beginning of the 20th Century, during the Philippine-American War. A garrison under the command of US Lieutenant Compton is left to ‘protect’ San Isidro, a remoted region located in the Philippines.
      Compton is fair and sympathetic, but his job is to pacify the area, not to make the natives happy. He can only communicate with Rafael, the Head of the barrio, through the Machiavellian friar Hidalgo who’s the only one to understand English and who bears a deep resentment towards Rafael.
      Neither side can understand or trust the other, but are forced to live together, trying to survive in the middle of a ‘dirty’ war. When the American occupation policy gets tougher, Rafael has to answer to both the Americans and the Filipino patriots- with deadly consequences.
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