First Friday Movie Series
at the Peace Center of Delaware County
(Springfield Friends Meetinghouse)
1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA
(just off the corner of Old Marple and S. Sproul Roads,
behind the Mr. Car Wash)
7 p.m.  Free Large-Screen

Parking available, click for directions to Peace Center
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments)
After-film discussion
Co-sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148

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  • Friday, November 2nd, 2018, 7 p.m.

    2010. 124 min. Drama. Rated R for violence and language. English, Spanish, with subtitles.

    Amigo, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director and independent film pioneer, John Sayles (Matewan, 8 Men Out, Lone Star). It is a tale, circa 1900, of what followed the United States war against Spain. The U.S. sought to “liberate” the Philippines which morphed into an occupation with imperial ambitions and an ongoing state of violence and oppression. Sound familiar?

    When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael (Joel Torre), the village mayor,comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerrilla fighters. But Rafael’s brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerrillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor.

    Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country: cooperation or resistance.

    Invitingly set in the beauty of the jungle, with vivid antique backdrop, Amigo invites comparison to more recent occupations and wars. Vietnam. Central America. Afghanistan. Iraq. Local circumstances may vary, but the outcome is maddeningly the same. The violence used to maintain an occupation just goes on and on, as the occupier digs in to stay.

    A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, Amigo depicts the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.

    Watch the film's trailer!

    Download flyer for AMIGO, Nov. 2, at the Peace Center of Delaware County. Print out and post.

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