Heneral Rizal is a post-modern reflection on nationalism.
Adapted from Floro C. Quibuyen's stage play – which draws from historical accounts – Heneral Rizal features General Paciano Rizal (Nanding Josef) as he recounts the failures of the Philippine Revolution to his younger brother Jose.
Directed by Chuck Gutierrez, the short film originally premiered at Cinemalaya 2020's digital edition, spreading its message to locked-down audiences.
Heneral Rizal was also produced by Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
In celebration of Philippine independence, catch Heneral Rizal on Rappler Act One. The film is screening for a limited time starting June 11.
Act One is Rappler's platform for Filipino short films, empowering filmmakers and advancing causes. A new title comes out every month. Subscribe and watch on Rappler's YouTube page.
As in any story, Act One marks the beginning.