Guerrilla (2011) with English Subtitles
Guerrilla is a compelling yet heartbreaking depiction of the 1971 Independence War in Bangladesh. All main characters in this movie are real.
I usually don’t cry during movies but watching Guerrilla I couldn’t hold my tears back, several times.
“Shows cartoon of a Samoan maiden leaning on the shoulder of a New Zealand soldier on a Samoan beach. A German lolls on a hammock in the right background, and says: ‘You can have her an velcom but hurry up mit der trade’.
This refers to the New Zealand occupation of German Samoa in 1914, and to the impression that German business interests did not mind, so long as their trade links were not affected.”
“Vietnam Nation Has The Right to Enjoy Freedom, and In Fact, Vietnam Has Become a Free and Independent Nation.” Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Propaganda Art
Happy independence day to Indonesia!
For those unaware, Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands on the 17th of August, 1945. It prompted a bloody war against the Dutch which was really rather vicious on both sides. The British occupation forces were involved in fighting alongside the Dutch early on, but had no interest in fighting someone else’s colonial war, and prompted the peace agreement.
Indonesia walked a rather shaky middle path during the Cold War. You can still see the legacy of that path, with the monuments and statues scattered around Jakarta. The 1960s in particular were a popular time for new leaders of new countries in the Third World to try and establish their own philosophy to stand next to Marxist-Leninism, Maoism, and Capitalist Democracy. They were very often the silly dreams of men who jumped into power.
Nevertheless, they leave behind some rather interesting monuments, not least Monas (short for “monumen nasional”).
Yeah that’s real gold at the top, so they say.
"As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320 (via whiskeyshakesfor10wholedays)
but yeah, as soon as we hit 99… Yaaaay England!