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A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution

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A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution chronicles the three points of a political triangle: the legal left, the illegal (armed) revolution, and the enemy which threatens them both: the armed reactionary right. It is 1987. The dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos has just been overthrown. Newly elected President Corazon Aquino struggles to wrench control of the country from her own military. In the mountains, rebel priest Father Navaro and the communist New People’s Army continue to fight an armed revolution. Kummander Dante, founder of the rebel army, is released from prison. He decides to give President Aquino’s new democracy a chance and runs for senator. Radio DJ June Pala is the voice of the Anti-Communist Crusade. He fashions himself after Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and broadcasts threats to send vigilante death squads after underground guerillas and left-wing activists alike. A Rustling of Leaves poses the key question facing the revolutionaries and the Filipino Left: should the people’s movement continue the guerilla war, or do they dare enter legal politics and reveal the hidden face of the revolution? Edited with the tension of a drama, with original music and animation, A Rustling of Leaves spins these elements into a powerful story, accessibly told by a filmmaker who cares deeply for her subject.


“Surviving the crossfire between romance and idealism, Wild has emerged with an extraordinary documentary.” MacLeans Magazine


“Strikingly dramatic, cinematically lush….a spontaneous jewel that defines the best in the art of the documentary.” San Francisco Examiner


Awards

People's Choice Award, Berlin Film Festival (Forum of New Cinema)

Prix du Public, National Film Board's (50th anniversary) Salute to the Documentary

Grand Prize, Houston Film Festival

Best Cinematographer, Society of Canadian Cinematographers


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In celebration of the iconic Canadian documentary filmmaker, Peter Wintonick, we’re excited to present a special encore screening of Nettie Wild’s A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (edited by Peter Wintonick). On Friday June 26 at 7pm PT, we’d like to invite the documentary community to join us in raising to glass for Peter Wintonick. Please bring your anecdotes and let’s come together to celebrate Peter and the documentary community that he so fiercely loved and advocated for. For more information and register, click here.

  • Year
    1988
  • Runtime
    112 minutes
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Nettie Wild