Bayaning Third World (2000)
Synopsis and Evaluation
We are a nation fascinated with Jose Rizal—not just his heroism but also his being a womanizer, his classic hair style and many more. We devour two of his greatest literary works in secondary schools. We celebrate his birth and execution dates. We have countless movies relating to Rizal and his works. We even name our streets (Rizal Avenue, Rizal Province), corporations (RCBC), schools (Rizal High School)and products after him. There’s evena religion devoted to Rizal and his works. Even the most well-knownplace in Laguna is Calamba (Rizal’s hometown), not Santa Cruz which is its capital. Despite being subjected to countless scrutinizes ...view middle of the document...
Cris Villanueva always asks if it’s still relevant to discuss these issues a century after Rizal’s death. Maybe it is still relevant so that we can have a hero who will not be any more subjected to doubts by many scholars—a “flawless” hero so to speak to maintain Rizal’s legacy to our country.
But what is a hero really? Is there a perfect or flawless hero? Will there ever be an unblemished hero?
A long time already went by since Rizal’s death. A lot of things have already happened since 1896.
Maybe knowing the complete story is not that important anymore. Rizal is an image of Filipino intelligence and an inspiration to the youth of today and tomorrow. Many look up to him. If the truth would tarnish everything that was built and preserved, maybe it’s not worth pursuing anymore. So what if he retracted his statements and beliefs? We are already influenced by Rizal in many ways… positively I believe. His greatness would not be diminished by a mere renunciation since damage was already inflicted to the colonizers by his works and statements. Nothing will ever change today. On the technical aspect, this film is superior with its use of black and white...