Written and directed by John Sayles, and set during the Philippine-American war in 1900.
When U.S. troops garrison his village, Rafael comes under pressure to collaborate with the blood-and-guts Colonel Hardacre (Chris Cooper). He attempts to do so while trying not to betray his people, especially his brother Simón, head of the local Filipino guerrillas. Meanwhile, a sympathetic American lieutenant (Garret Dillahunt) learns the hearts and minds of the villagers cannot be won at gunpoint. A story of friendship, betrayal, romance, and heart-breaking violence,
is a page torn from the forgotten history of imperialism and a mirror of today’s unresolvable conflicts.