As a CineMart project during the 2007 IFFR, Independencia was given a Prince Claus Fund Film Grant and during its further development, it received support from the Hubert Bals Fund. The result is an extraordinary film that was selected in Cannes for the programme section Un Certain Regard.
In Independencia, Raya Martin returns to the early twentieth century, when the Americans attack the Philippines. The film tells the story of a mother and son who fled into the mountains to avoid being harassed by the American soldiers.
Martin made the film in the style of the early Filipino cinema: clearly shot in the studio, with painted sets and in black-and-white. And very melodramatic. In Martin's clever, ingenious film, the Americans are the bad guys, the occupiers against whom the Filipinos are fighting.

Filmmaker
Raya Martin
Country
Philippines, France, Germany, Netherlands
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
77’
Language
Tagalog
Producer
Arleen Cuevas, Antoine Segovia, Gerhard Meixner, Denis Vaslin
Production Company
Cinematografica Phillipines, Atopic, Razor Film Produktion GmbH, Volya Films
Sales
Memento Films International
Writer
Raya Martin, Ramon Sarmiento
Cinematography
Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor
Jay Halili
Production Design
Digo Ricio
Sound Design
Ronald de Asis, Arnel Labayo
Music
Lutgardo Labad
Cast
Sid Lucero
Website
http://international.memento-films.com/artscope/independencia