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The Philippines: Identification of a Cinema

Roger Garcia
language: English
subtitles: Polish, English, Dutch, Finnish, Italian


This lecture is a personal overview to introduce one of the most vibrant film cultures in Asia. It is divided into eight chapters each dealing with a period and topic in Philippine cinema including the classic golden era of the 1940s and 50s, through Lino Brocka and the Marcos years of martial law, to contemporary commercial and art house auteurs. The impact of Jose Rizal and his famous novel “Noli Me Tangere” on the cinema is also examined.

Roger Garcia

Roger Garcia was director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and co-creator of the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA). He has been consultant and programmer for many film festivals in Asia, Europe and North America. He was the Far East Film Festival Udine (FEFF)’s first programmer of Philippines films, curator of several retrospectives and on-going special programmes. His writings have been published extensively including Asiaweek, British Film Institute, Cahiers du Cinema, Film Comment etc. He has produced experimental films in Hong Kong; studio films in Hollywood; and independent films in Asia including the Philippines. He also created the first series on Asian and Asian American cinema. Currently Advisor to AFAA, FEFF, and the Hainan Island International Film Festival.


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Further reading

Beyond The Mainstream: The Films of Nick Deocampo (1997), Nick Deocampo, Lolita R. Lacuesta, Anvil.

Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema In The Philippines (2003), Nick Deocampo, Cinema Values Reorientation Program, National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema (2005), Noel Vera, Options.

Direk: Essays on Filipino Filmmakers (2019), Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr,  Shirley Lua, De La Salle University, Sussex Academic Press.

Doña Sisang and Filipino Movies (1977), Monina A. Mercado, Vera-Reyes Inc. Publishing, A.R. Mercado Management.

Eiga: Cinema in The Philippines During World War II (2016), Nick Deocampo, Anvil Publishing.

Filipino Directors Up Close: The Golden Ages of Philippine Cinema, 1950-2010 (2010), Bibsy M. Carballo, Anvil.

Inside Philippine Movies, 1970-1990: Essays for Students of Philippine Cinema (1991), J. Eddie Infante, Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Lino Brocka: The Artist and His Times (1993) Mario A.Hernando, Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Martial Law Melodrama: Lino Brocka';s Cinema Politics (2020), Jose B. Capino, University of California Press.

Motion Pictures in The Philippines (1952), Vicente Salumbides LLB, Vicente Salumbides.

Short Film: Emergence of A New Philippine Cinema (1985), Nick Deocampo, Alfred A.Yuson, Communication Foundation for Asia.

The Cinema of Manuel Conde (2008) Nicanor G. Tiongson, University of Santo Tomas Pub. House.

The Films of ASEAN (2000), Jose F. Lacaba, ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information.

The Urian Anthology, 2000-2009: the rise to the Philippine new wave Indie film: film articles, reviews, and interviews of the Manunri ng Pelikulang Pilipino on the Filipino cinema 2000-2009 (2013), Nicanor G.Tiongson, University of the Philippines Press.

The Urian Anthology, 1990-1999: articles, reviews, and interviews by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino on the Filipino cinema, 1990-1999 (2010), Nicanor G. Tiongson,  University of the Philippines Press with the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

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