Prologue To The Great Desaparecido

Runtime: 31 mins
Language: Tagalog
Countries of Production: Philippines, France
Production: Epicmedia, Dissidenz Films
World Premiere: San Sebastian Film Festival 2013
Sales: Dissidenz Films

A film by Lav Diaz

Prologue to The Great Desaparecido is the short film to the full length feature film The Great Desaparecido, which questions Truth and History around Philippine Revolution and Independence.

The Great Desaparecido revolves around the desperate and harrowing thirty-day search for the body of Andres Bonifacio by his widow, Gregoria De Jesus. Andres Bonifacio is the Father of Philippine Revolution. The film is also about the controversial death of Andres Bonifacio. Rival revolutionaries executed Bonifacio and his body has never been found- thus the title, The Great Desaparecido. ‘Desaparecido’ means missing.


Hazel Orencio, Noel Sto. Domingo, Archie Alemania, Czarina Alcantara
Producers: Bianca Balbuena, Bich-Quan Tran
Director/Writer/Cinematographer/Editor: Lav Diaz
Assistant Cameraman: Bradley Liew
Production Manager: Liryc Dela Cruz
Production Designer: Syrel Lopez
Sound: Mark Locsin
Sound & Cinematographer Assistant: Che Villanueva
Wardrobe: Kim Perez
Production Assistant: Kyla Domingo
Production coordinator: Suzie Alcantara

About the Director

Lav Diaz is a filmmaker from the Philippines. He is especially notable for the length of his films, which are not governed by time but by space and nature. His work mostly deals with the social and political struggles of his motherland. Since 1998 he has directed more than twenty films, and

won numerous international awards including the Locarno Golden Leopard (From What Is Before, 2014), the Berlinale Alfred Bauer Silver Bear (A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery, 2016) and the Venice Golden Lion (The Woman Who Left, 2016).