Ok Colonizers: Netizens Flak Upcoming Magellan Film
by Sherry Tadeja, November 13, 2019 11:35am
Art by Dani Elevazo
The history of Ferdinand Magellan’s circumnavigation around the world and his conquest in Cebu is basically Philippine History 101. We all know the story of how he claimed the island for Spain, converted natives to Catholicism, and fought Lapu-Lapu that led to his death. Magellan’s discovery is dubbed as the start of Spain’s invasion to the country.
Recently “Magellan” surfaced in social media because of an upcoming Spanish animated film entitled, "Elcano and Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World.” The film is said to premiere next year to commemorate the voyage’s 500th anniversary.
There's an animated movie about Magellan and just... YIKESSSS.— (@satvrncat) November 6, 2019
Stop depicting colonizers as good guys. pic.twitter.com/Q68s4uxOY9
According to many netizens, the film wrongly depicts Magellan and the events that happened in the Philippine shores. Netizens have also pointed out the film turned Lapu-Lapu as the villain, and has committed historical inaccuracies and a number of cultural appropriation.
Also, what's up with the Native birds? These are all south/central American native birds, you'd never find these flying freely in the Philipines at the time.— Siphiri Art (@Siphiriart) November 6, 2019
Can this movie get canceled already?
South/Central Americans are coming for you too pic.twitter.com/5whZSqsA2o
Filipino Visayan clothing in ‘Elcano & Magellan’ VS Actual Filipino Visayan clothing from pre-colonial Philippines— Athena Serrano (@Athena_Serrano) November 6, 2019
The women’s clothes in M&E look more Polynesian than indigenous
Image sources 2: Costumes from the Philippine TV period drama ‘Amaya’
Image sources 3: Boxer Codex pic.twitter.com/3ZEEakOBvK
Ayala Museum jumped in the conversation too promoting known historian and book author, Prof. Ambeth Ocampo’s talk about the voyage entitled “Five Ships and a Voyage”. Subtle but insightful as always.
Crystal Sky Multimedia, the official distributor of the movie in the Philippines, released a statement that they will re-evaluate the movie and will seek opinions of historians and film experts before finalizing their decision.
It’s popularly known that Magellan was on a search for the Mollucas Island or Spice Island when he came upon the Philippine shores and mistakenly thought it was the place they’re looking for. As Magellan spread Catholicism on the island, Lapu-Lapu opposed the idea which said to spark the historical “Battle of Mactan.” See the trailer below and let us know what you think!