Arts Express: Amigo, A Conversation With Filmmaker John Sayles. Guerrilla filmmaking meets guerrilla warfare, as the director of the coal miner labor classic, Matewan and Brother From Another Planet delves into his latest politically conscious feature Amigo, uncovering the buried history of the 1900 US invasion of the Philippines.
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Which marked this country’s controversial first venture in imperialism, and also the origins there of what is now referred to as that military torture method of choice: waterboarding. Sayles also sheds light on what exactly this imperialist incursion had to do with Mark Twain, Kipling and the so-called ‘white man’s burden,’ and Vietnam.
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