“Elcano & Magellan” movie sparks online outrage for revising history, glorifying colonizers
Lapu-Lapu as a villainous tribe leader in "Elcano & Magellan" // ClearSky Entertainmet

“Elcano & Magellan” movie sparks outrage for revising history; glorifying colonizers

All this to argue that the earth is round?

Film featured:
"Elcano & Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World"
Ángel Alonso
Release Date (rumored):
November 13, 2019

The movie poster and trailer of Elcano & Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World (original title: Elcano y Magallanes. La primera vuelta al mundo) are being criticized online for its apparent inaccurate depiction of the battle of Mactan.

The film’s synopsis on Rotten Tomatoes read: “One of the most complete adventures ever told. A voyage to the unknown that started with Magellan in command and was concluded by Juan Sebastián Elcano. Storms, hunger, hostile tribes…Five ships sailed off from Seville. Three years later, only one of them managed to return, bringing their adventure full circle and finally proving that planet Earth is round.”

The poster, which has been shared on the Facebook Page of local multimedia company CrystalSky Multimedia, shows the film’s main characters which include Ferdinand Magellan, Juan Sebastian Elcano, Samar, and Lapu-Lapu. The poster also mentions that the film is “featuring the battle of Mactan between Magellan and Lapu-Lapu”.

See the poster below:

Filipino netizens have been quick to point out in the comments that the poster appears to paint the Spanish colonizers as heroes, and the natives as the villains of the story. 

The poster has also been shared on Twitter, and Filipino Film Twitter is not having it:

The Elcano & Magellan trailer also gives us a pretty good idea that the film will be following the perspective of the Spaniards. The trailer posted on Youtube, shared by Mega GS Cinemas, has been receiving its share of online flak from the commenters, mostly criticizing the film’s depiction of the characters.

Elcano & Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World is produced by the Spanish production studio, Dibulitoon Studios. The film is directed by Ángel Alonso and written by José Antonio Vitoria, Garbiñe Losada.

According to its IMDB page, Elcano & Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World has already been released in Spain last July 2019. A post on Instagram by user @christinemaesarito has suggested that the movie will be coming to the Philippines this November 13.

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