Dir: Raya Martin, 2007.
82 min. Philippines.
In Tagalog with English subtitles.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST - 10PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH - 7:30PM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH - 7:30PM
A compendium of waking nightmares and dreamed realities, Raya Martin’s AUTOHYSTORIA is one of the most hardcore, rewarding digital movies of the 2000s.
The director tells the story of the Bonfacio brothers, two revolutionaries who were raided, captured and tortured deep in the jungle by rival insurgent Emilo Aguinaldo in Martin’s native Philippines. The brothers were tried and executed for treason - but this happened in 1897. Martin’s telling is actually a present-day reenactment drawn with languorous security camera footage, knockout tracking shots, and neorealist casting.
Raw and beautiful, AUTOHYSTORIA hops across formats, mingling national trauma with lived experience to confront viewers with the idea that things really haven’t changed too much since 1897.
"Easily the year's most radical and astonishing film..." - Robert Koehler, Variety
"The Filipino Raya Martin signs thus a stunning film on the persistence persisting of a passed violent collective: Autohystoria returns, on a method almost hallucinatory, on an event of the history of the country, the arrest of two young people, their enforcement in the jungle, and their brief execution by invisible butchers." - Isabelle Regnier, Le Monde
TWO EARLY ADVENTURES BY RAYA MARTIN:
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