Filipino lead actor of Heneral Luna, John Arcilla, assures moviegoers that they “can experience entertainment and beauty in historical films just like they would in romantic comedies.” In fact, he says, “they can get even more.”
The “more” he refers to is that moviegoers can broaden their taste for film viewing. While he does not discourage watching horror movies and romantic comedies, he does warn that “too much of these escapist films can also kill citizens’ critical thinking just like too much siesta and coffee can be detrimental to ones health.”
In Heneral Luna, moviegoers will see another “more”. Arcilla says the audience will see him as a Filipino citizen first before as an actor,
“when I did this film I truly asked the bigger purpose of my work: what can I give to my countrymen more than just entertainment? I always tell myself — before an actor — i am a citizen of this nation. I participated in Heneral Luna not just as a movie actor in a project but as a concerned citizen in a nation whose history needs to be told, and more so, needs to be healed.”
Aside from Arcilla, the entire production team has elevated their work to greater purpose as evident in the movie.
In the following videos, the producers have also produced movie collaterals that will aid promote history as entertainment 1) a book detailing and interview of Antonio Luna scholar Vivencio Jose and 2) a lecture by U.P. Manila History Prof. Alvin Campomanes about the man and the movie. Campomanes has been actively promoting the movie saying that FILIPINOS SHOULD BE DISTURBED!
UNDERSTANDING ANTONIO LUNA IN PEACE AND IN WAR
HENERAL LUNA: THE MAN & THE MOVIE
Students & teachers will be given 50% discount.
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