Skip to main content

BITTER RICE

Australia, 1989 (MIFF 1989)

Director: Graham Chase

Graham Chase's just completed new doco is a fascinating episode from the continuing saga of the Philipine revolution. It's subject is one Bemabe Buscayno, alias Kommanda Dante, a life-time friend of Ninoy Aquino, and founder member of the NPA (New People's Army). Arrested m the manhunt that also imprisoned Aquino in 1976, Dante served 10 years in prison (three in solitary) before being released by Cory Aquino under a political amnesty.

Dante's life outside prison serves as a vivid account of the complexities and contradictions of the Philipine situation. Can even Dante's new 'grass-roots' activism succeed in the current climate?

With his usual eye for the telling detail and an increasing sophistication, Chase gives a human face to revolution.

See also...

COO-EE

In 1915 a group of men from the small town of Gilgandra in mid west NSW organised a march to Sydney, 550km away, recruiting volunteers enroute to sign up and fight for their country at Gallipoli ... More »

MODERN TIMES

... ... Documentarist Graham Chase returns to Port Pirie in South Australia to rekindle a few memories, but the town of his childhood is no more. Like so much of Chase's previous work (Democracy ... More »

The Fruit of Our Labour

Set in the late 1950's, II Frutto Del Nostra Lavoro centers on the life of Lina - the daughter of Italian migrants who live in rural Victoria. ... Pressured into marrying a young Italian farmer, Lina ... More »

Picture Start

This inventively conceived and executed movie outlines the various figures and symbols which pertain to, and emanate from, a particularly cinematic sort of "leader". The amusing battle against all ... More »

Tales from the Vienna Hoods

This bioptic experimental animation incorporates stroboscopic effects and live animation. The after-images/effects are those of a Rorschach ink blot test mixed with the art of modern cinema. The ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director