Selected Bibliography and Resources for Films
contemporary southeast asian cinema
Baumgärtel, Tilman, ed. Southeast Asian Independent Cinema. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Press, 2012.
May Adadol Ingawanij and Benjamin McKay Eds. Glimpses of Freedom: Independent Cinema in Southeast Asia. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2012.
David C. L. Lim and Hiroyuki Yamamoto, eds. Film in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Cultural interpretation and social intervention. London: Routledge, 2012.
articles on Philippine cinema
Capino, José B., “Philippines: Cinema and Its Hybridity,” in Contemporary Asian Cinema, Anne Ciecko, Ed. New York: Berg, 2006.
Co, Teddy. "In Search of Philippine Regional Cinema,” Movement 2, no. 1 (1987).
David, Joel, “Philippine History as Postcolonial Discourse,” in Rolando B. Tolentino, ed., Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila.
Flores, Patrick D., “Philippine Cinema and Society,” in Filipiniana Reader, Priscelina Patajo-Legasto Ed. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Open University, 1998.
---. “Bodies of Work: Sexual Circulations in Philippine Cinema.” Humanities Diliman 1, no. 1 (2000). http://journals.upd.edu.ph/index.php/humanitiesdiliman/article/view/12
Gonzaga, Elmo. "The Cinematographic Unconscious of Slum Voyeurism", Cinema Journal (Forthcoming)
Grant, Paul. “Cinema Becoming Regional, Unbecoming Cinema,” La Furia Umana 23 (2015), http://www.lafuriaumana.it/index.php/56-archive/lfu-23/345-paul-grant-cinema-becoming-regional-unbecoming-cinema (Accessed December 12, 2015).
Lumbera, Bienvenudo, “Problems in Philippine Film History,” Rafael Ma. Guerrero, Ed., Readings in Philippine Cinema. Experimental Cinema of the Philippines: Manila, 1983: 67-82.
---.“Brocka, Bernal, and Co.: The Arrival of New Filipino Cinema,” in Filipiniana Reader, Priscelina Patajo-Legasto Ed. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Open University, 1998.
---.“Between Two Mountains Colliding,” Forum: Popular na pahayag ng malayang komunidad, February 28, 2000, http://www.up.edu.ph/forum/2000/02/28/two.html(accessed March30, 2006).
Rafael, Vicente. “The Cellphone and the Crowd: Messianic Politics in the Contemporary Philippines," Public Culture, 15, no. 3 (2003).
Tofighian, Nadi. "José Nepomuceno and the creation of a Filipino national consciousness." Film History 20, no. 1 (2008): 77-94. Available here.
Tolentino, Rolando. “Bomba Queens and National Development: A Genealogy of the Filipina Cinematic Body.” Review of Women’s Studies 11, no. 1-2 (2001): 236-249.
---. "The Capital Infrastructuring and Technologization of Manila," in ed. Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice, Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context. London: Blackwell, 2001: 158-170.
--, “Piracy and Its Regulation: The Filipino’s Historic Response to Globalization.” Social Science Diliman (January 2008-December 2009) 5:1-2, 1-25.
---, “Cinema and the state in crisis: political film collectives and people’s struggle in the Philippines,” in eds. David C. L. Lim and Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Film in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Abingdon: Routledge, 2012: 199-216.
other online resources
Kritika Kultura: A refereed electronic journal of literary/cultural and language studies: http://kritikakultura.ateneo.net/
Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society: http://plarideljournal.org/
Video 48: http://video48.blogspot.com/
Kino Punch: https://www.facebook.com/UPCinemaKinoPunch/
books on Philippine cinema
Beller, Jonathan. Acquiring Eyes: Philippine Visuality, Nationalist Struggle, and the World-Media System. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006.
Capino, José B., Dream Factories of a Former Colony: American Fantasies, Philippine Cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
Carballo, Bibsy M. Filipino Directors Up Close: The Golden Ages of Philippine Cinema, 1950-2010. Pasig: Anvil, 2010.
David, Joel. Wages of Cinema: Film in Philippine Perspective. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1998.
De la Cruz, Khavn, ed. Philippine New Wave: This Is Not A Film Festival. Quezon City: MovFest, 2010.
Del Mundo, Jr., Clodualdo, ed. ed. Making Waves: 10 Years of Cinemalaya. Mandaluyong: Anvil, 2014.
Deocampo, Nick. Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines. National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2003.
---. Lost Films of Asia. Anvil, 2006.
---. Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema. Anvil, 2011.
Guerrero, Rafael Ma., Ed. Readings in Philippine Cinema. Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, 1983.
Lim, Bliss Cua. Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic, and Temporal Critique. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2009. (Lim provides links to her articles on her UC Riverside faculty page).
Reyes, Emmanuel A. Notes on Philippine Cinema. Manila: De La Salle University Press, 1989.
Tadiar, Neferti Xina M., Fantasy Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (Ateneo de Manila University Press: Quezon City, 2004).
Tiongson, Nicanor. The Cinema of Manuel Conde. Manila: University of Santo Tomas, 2008.
---, ed. The Urian Anthology 1990-1999, Quezon City : University of the Philippines Press, 2010.
---, ed. The Urian Anthology 2000-2009: The Rise of the Philippine New Wave Indie Film. Quezon City : University of the Philippines Press, 2013.
Tofighian, Nadi. Blurring the Colonial Binary: Turn-of-the-Century Transnational Entertainment in Southeast Asia. Stockholm Cinema Studies, 2013. Available here.
---, José Nepomuceno and the creation of a Filipino national consciousness. Film History 20, no. 1 (2008): 77-94. Available here.
Tolentino, Rolando, Richard Gomez at ang Mito ng Pagkalalake, Sharon Cuneta at ang Perpetwal na Birhen at iba pang sanaysay hinggil sa bida sa pelikula bilang kultural na texto [Richard Gomez and the Masculine Myth, Sharon Cuneta and the Perpetual Virgin and other essays on film stars as cultural texts]. Manila: Anvil Publications, 2000.
---, ed. Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2001.
--, National/Transnational: Subject Formation and Media in and on the Philippines. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2001.
Students and colleagues based outside the Philippines often ask me where they can find recent independent films. Contemporary independent films can be hard to come by, especially with subtitles. A few more well known directors have international distribution and can be found on Netflix, Amazon, or specialty distributors. Look for directors like Brillante Mendoza, Raya Martin, Erik Matti, Auraeus Solito, Lav Diaz, and Jeffrey Jeturian. Some filmmakers distribute their own work (as Marie Jamora did with What Isn’t There). Non-profit distributor trigon-film has The Woman in the Septic Tank.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg, but could be a good place to start. For others, you can try:
- For commercially released and historical films, there’s Kabayan Central: http://www.kabayancentral.com/Tagalog-Movies.html.
- If you have a university or library affiliation, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinemas has partnered with Alexander Street Press to provide institutional access to films.
- For historical films, there are some dedicated YouTube archivists, like user ganito sila noon.