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Dean Colin Marcial’s short film Reminiscences of the Green Revolution is a story set in the Philippines during the 2001 uprising. Narrated by a ghost, Martin, tells the story about the last day of his life. Martin and his friends have spent their time organizing protests and marches against the government. By utilizing a ghostly point of view, Marcial is able to give an intimate glimpse into the lives of these revolutionaries.
Martin says one’s perspective is limited by life. As a ghost he says that “when you’re dead you live inside other people.” While it’s part of the story, a ghost narrator is clever in the sense that it allows the narrator to embody his friends’ experiences while also making a statement about trust. Romantic drama unfolds while they plan their latest march and a meeting with radicals who want to take the protest to the next level shape Martin’s fate. The directorial style is very creative and showcases some illustrating techniques to switch between life and death.
Reminiscences of the Green Revolution is a political ghost story about youth, idealism, and identity.
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