A new film by legendary independent filmmaker John Sayles, AMIGO, will be presented for a weeklong run at the Gene Siskel Film Center. AMIGO depicts the impact of the Philippine American War from the point of view of a village mayor, played by noted Filipino performer Joel Torre. The film also stars Ronnie Lazaro (Manila S,ooper (The Bourne Identity).

From the official site:

AMIGO, the 17th feature film from Academy Award-nominated writer-director John Sayles, stars legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre as Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War.

When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer (Chris Cooper) to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla fighters.  But Rafael’s brother (Ronnie Lazaro) is the head of the local guerillas, and considers anyone who cooperates with the Americans to be a traitor.  Rafael quickly finds himself forced to make the impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country.

A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, AMIGO is a page torn from the untold history of the Philippines, and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.

John Sayles has a long history of taking on profound historical events and thought provoking social issues, in independent classics including EIGHT MEN OUT, LONE STAR, and MATEWAN.

AMIGO plays at the Siskel Center from Friday, September 16 through Thursday, September 23:

Fri, Sep 16th at 6:00pm

Sat, Sep 17th at 3:00pm

Sat, Sep 17th at 7:45pm

Sun, Sep 18th at 4:45pm

Mon, Sep 19th at 8:00pm

Tue, Sep 20th at 6:00pm

Wed, Sep 21st at 8:00pm

Thu, Sep 22nd at 6:00pm

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FREE SCREENING: Bayaning Third World (Third World Hero)

Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL 60610
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6:00 PM
Admission: Free
Bayaning Third World (2000)
93 minutes / Black and White / Tagalog with English Subtitles


The Philippine Consulate General of Chicago, The Filipino American Network of Chicago, and the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival continue our celebration of the 150th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal with a repeat screening of Bayaning Third World, an award-winning film directed by Mike DeLeon that examines the life of Rizal from a unique point of view.

A film within a film, Bayaning follows two filmmakers, played by Ricky Davao and Cris Villanueva, in their struggle to get beyond the mythology surrounding the iconic national hero. Whether by magical realism or as metaphor for the process of research, the filmmakers engage in imagined conversations with notable figures from Rizal’s life—his family members, his controversial mistress, and the Jesuit priest who witnessed Rizal’s final moments, finally leading up to a confrontation with Rizal himself.

Bayaning Third World offers a thought provoking look at the issues that linger alongside the man’s legacy. Also starring Daria Ramirez, Rio Locsin, Cherry Pie Picache, and Joel Torre as Dr. Jose Rizal.

Stay tuned for more screenings leading up the 2011 Chicago Filipino American Film Festival.

Please contact Jonathan Laxamana at with questions.

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Tickets to all Festival events may be purchased from this website, beginning October 1, 2008.


The 2008 Festival will be presented at the historic Portage Theater, located on the northwest side of Chicago. Designed by architect Henry Newhouse, the theatre opened on December 11, 1920 with 1,938 seats as part of the Ascher Brothers theatre chain. Pre-dating the advent of America’s movie palaces, the Portage Theater’s megaphone-shaped auditorium features a formal beaux-arts opera house design. After a recent five-year period of darkness, the theater has reopened to its original shape, and has been refurbished and restored to its 1920s splendor. It’s now the new home for The Silent Film Society of Chicago.

Portage Theater

4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60641


Parking is available in the city-run public parking lot at Cuyler & Laporte, one-half blocks west of the theater.

Maps and Driving Directions

The Portage Theatre is located a few doors north of the 6-corner intersection of Cicero Ave, Irving Park Rd and Milwaukee Ave.


From Downtown and South

Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) Westbound to Exit 44B, Pulaski Rd to IL 19 Irving Park Rd. At the second light, turn left onto Irving Park Rd. After approximately one mile, turn right onto Milwaukee Avenue, and the theater will be on your left.


From North and West Suburbs

Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) or Edens Expressway (I-94) Eastbound to Exit 44A, Keeler Ave to IL 19 Irving Park Rd. At the first light, turn right onto Keeler Ave, then right again onto Irving Park Rd. After approximately one mile, turn right onto Milwaukee Avenue, and the theater will be on your left.


You can also obtain customized directions from your specific starting point by clicking on the GoogleMap “Get Directions To Here” link below.

Public Transportation

Three major bus lines are only steps away; and the Blue Line’s Irving Park Road stop is just down the street. For the best public transportation itinerary, we invite you to use the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) online trip planner at


Using the Blue Line or Metro Union Pacific Northwest Train

Take the CTA Blue Line or Metra Union Pacific Northwest (Harvard/McHenry) to Irving Park Road station. Take the Westbound #80-Irving Park or #X80-Irving Park Express bus (toward Harlem or Cumberland) approximately one mile to Cicero and Milwaukee Avenues. Walk one-half block north on Milwaukee Avenue to the theater.


Take the Metra Milwaukee District North (Fox Lake) to Mayfair or Grayland. From Mayfair, walk one block west to Cicero Ave, and take the Southbound 54-Cicero (toward 24th Place), X54-Cicero Express (toward Midway Airport/Orange Line) or 54A-North Cicero/Skokie (toward Irving Park/Blue Line) bus one-half mile south to Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue. Walk one-half block north on Milwakee Avenue to the theater.

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The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival

2008 marks the 5th annual Chicago Filipino American Film Festival (CFAFF) and continues our mission to highlight the works of Filipino American filmmakers, as well as leading cinema from the Philippines.

It also marks exciting new developments in the evolution of one of the largest Filipino film festivals in the country:

  • New venue!
    Because of our growth, the festival is moving to the 1,300-seat Portage Theater, which just finished a multi-million-dollar renovation to restore its original grandeur.
  • Musicians and filmmakers!
    We’re hosting a contest to find the best original music video created by Filipino musicians or filmmakers. Details are available in the Submissions page.
  • Podcast!
    Tune in to CFAFF podcasts now to hear insightful and entertaining interviews with Filipino American filmmakers.

This year’s 5th annual Festival promises to be our best yet. So mark your calendars, spread the word and come join us November 7-9, 2008!


Call for Submissions

We are now accepting submissions and preparing for the 2008 festival. For more information about submission and selection requirements, please or go to the Submissions page.


Call for Volunteers

It takes a lot of volunteers to make each film fest a success, but the work is never dull. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please see the Volunteer page.


Call for Sponsors

Fulfilling our mission of highlighting and supporting up-and-coming Filipino filmmakers, as well as enriching our community, depends on the generous contribution of sponsors. We welcome whatever donation you or your organization can provide. For more information, please visit the Sponsor page.


The festival is presented by the Filipino American Network (FAN) of Chicago, a 501(c)(3) organization.


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