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Movie based on Magellan’s voyage draws mixed reactions



The Spanish animation movie “Elcano And Magellan, The First Voyage Around The World,” which is about Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, is a hot topic because of “alleged historical inaccuracies.”

On the official website of the film, the synopsis read: “Haul anchors! Hoist sails! 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.”

Under the characters, Magellan is described as “a mythical sailor hardened in thousands of battles and navigations.”

“He has been almost everywhere, including the Molucca Islands. He leads the expedition that will sail around the world firmly and thoughtfully. To fulfill his dream, he had to convince Carlos V, King of Castilia, that it is possible to reach the Moluccas by setting off to the West.”

SCENE FROM 'Elcano And Magellan'

SCENE FROM ‘Elcano And Magellan’

Meanwhile, the Philippine hero Lapu-Lapu, ruler of Mactan in the Visayas, is narrated in the movie as an “indigenous chief of the tribe of the island of Mactan and enemy of the king of Cebu. He leads a hard battle against Magellan and several expedition members when they go to his island at the request of the neighboring king. Surprised by the arrows and the large number of indigenous attackers, the battle of Mactan marks a before and after in the expedition.”

This is contrary to what’s written about The Battle of Mactan in Philippine history books as these state that the warriors of the native chieftain of Mactan Island Lapu-Lapu overpowered and defeated a Spanish force fighting for Rajah Humabon of Cebu, under the command of Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed in the battle.

Since then, Lapu-Lapu is considered as the first Filipino to resist Spanish rule.

On the other hand, among who reacted to the release of film’s poster, teaser is Filipino-American and BuzzFeed editor Matt Ortile.

“Spanish film producers and distributors (Filmax, Dibulitoon) literally made a film w/ Magellan as hero and Filipinos as romantic interests/understanding supporters/antagonists………and they’re about to show this film in the PH……….put this colonialist garbage in the trash,” he wrote on Twitter.

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