What comes to mind when you think “national cinema”? Is it a montage of cheesy rom coms and dramas shot in foreign countries, fantasies with substandard CGI, overt displays of poverty porn?
You’ll notice that the one thing these images have in common is that they’re usually full-length features. Whether indie or mainstream, they’ve contributed to our singular notion of what makes a Filipino film.
A new exhibit by the Filipinas Heritage Library and curated by renowned filmmaker and professor Nick Deocampo urges you to think otherwise. “Hidden Cinema: The Virtual Experience of Philippine Cinema’s Centenary” is designed to expand what we know about our country’s film culture, which turns out to be very rich and diverse once you get rid of that Manila-centric view.