NAM Radio: John Sayles' Amigo & the US-Philippine War

NAM Radio: John Sayles' Amigo & the US-Philippine War

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It's likely that you've never even heard of the Philippine-American War. It's not a part of the American education curriculum as you make your way through school -- other wars take precedence. And it's not exactly mentioned regularly in the mainstream media.

But it happened and it had real consequences for a Philippine nation that was trying to loosen the grips of one colonial power, only to fall into the grip of another.

Independent filmmaker John Sayles was so moved by the stories he read of this war he'd never heard of that he felt compelled to make a film about it. Amigo is not a documentary and it is not a film about the frontlines of war -- it is a war film about the microcosm of a village caught in the midst of a colonial relay and massive historic change. Sayles spoke with New America Now Host Shirin Sadeghi.

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