Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. with Amigo writer-director John Sayles (third from right) and producer
Maggie Renzi (beside Mayor Evasco) at one of the film’s location site in Toril, Maribojoc.
The international movie ‘Amigo’, formerly ‘Baryo’ and filmed entirely in Bohol, will premiere in Tagbilaran City on February 9 at the ICM Screenville 1.
The John Sayles’ saga of a slice of Philippine-American War in 1900 has been getting rave reviews in film festivals abroad, such as in Toronto, San Sebastian (Spain), London, Los Angeles and Argentina.
Amigo, cited as a movie that traces the roots of American war policies, offers not only a visual treat but an educational experience as well on a forgotten era of Philippine history.
This international film introduces some 80 Boholano talents who play supporting roles (6 of whom with name characters) as villagers or guerrillas, and provide able support to an international cast that includes some award-winning Hollywood actors and veteran Filipino thespians.
Amigo shows many natural and heritage sites in Bohol, particularly the rice fields, forests and river views of interior villages of Toril, Maribojoc, the Clarin ancestral house in Loay, the Basdacu cave in loon, a scenic filed in Corella, a part of the San Agustin Church in Panglao and a hanging bridge in Antequera.
Film director John Sayles, producer Maggie Renzi and some of the film’s cast led by veteran Joel Torre will attend the premier screening.
Part of the proceeds of the screening will go to the Baryo Amigo Project, a continuity project aimed at developing crafts and encouraging sustainable livelihood activities to help support the large farming and fishing communities in the film sites, as well as set up a learning center for young villagers.
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