19th century Spain saw her Empire crumble away as colonies like Chile, Peru and Cuba rose

in arms and achieved their independence. In the Philippines, Spain faced the threat of yet another revolution due to mounting social unrest among the natives. Jose Rizal, at age 35, was the greatest political enemy of Spain in the Philippines. With his exceptional linguistic ability and interest in the sciences and the arts, Rizal was most effective in his campaign for freedom as a writer. His novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo were scathing indictments of Spanish tyranny and of the Church which came to acquire immense political power. A GMA FILMS PRODUCTION

A MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA FILM

JOSÉ RIZAL

CESAR MONTANO As José Rizal

Line Producer GREGG DE GUZMAN

Production Manager SOC JOSÉ

Associate Director BHEY VITO

Assistant Director ANGIE CASTRENCE

Sound Engineer ALBERT MICHAEL IDIOMA

Music NONONG BUENCAMINO

Film Editors JESS NAVARRO MANET DAYRIT

Production Design LEO ABAYA PDGP

Director of Photography RODY LACAP FSC

Screenplay RICARDO LEE JUN LANA PETER ONG LIM

Produced by BUTCH JIMENEZ JIMMY DUAVIT And

MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA

Executive Producers MENARDOR R. JIMENEZ GILBERTO M. DUAVIT FELIPE L. GOZON

Directed by MARILOU DIAZ-ABAYA

Ghent, Belgium. 1891. “My country has a social cancer that should be exposed to all Filipinos. And to this end, I intend to record your condition faithfully, without prejudice. I shall lift the shroud that covers the evil, sacrificing everything to truth…even vanity itself. For as your son, I am conscious of my own defects and weaknesses.”

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