JOSE RIZAL (1861-1896) Philippine nationalist and martyr, pride of Malayan race, was a versatile genius. He was a poet and patriot, novelist, painter, sculptor, linguist, physician, ophthalmic surgeon, educator, naturalist, economist, engineer and theologian. The contemporary of Tagore and Sun Yat-sen, and the forerunner of Gandhi, he died before a Spanish firing squad, aged 35, for rebellion and sedition, and for inciting the Philippine Revolution of 1896-98, the earliest national uprising against a colonial power in Asia.
The film “JOSE RIZAL” explores the complex universe of the hero’s mind. In prison, as he awaits his death, he sums up his life – both real, as well as imagined; the people whom he loved as well as those created in his novels; and judgment of his worth as a human being, and as an artist.
CHIN CHIN GUTIERREZ