SCENES RECLAIMED: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15 Catalog Launch
Discover the historical intersections of the CCP, Philippine independent cinema, and ...
Cultural Center of the Philippines, joint project of the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division and the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division
25 February 2021, 5 PM via Facebook Live (CCP Page, CCP Media Arts, CCP Visual Arts and Museum, Cinemalaya)
The rise of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) along Manila Bay set in motion a series of irrepressible reclamations that endure until today. As a monumental construct whose final definition remains suspended, the CCP has served as both venue, a site for the contestation of the meaning of nation, and avenue, a route for approaching the internal contradictions of and making progress toward national cinema. Its history, which has harbored opposing ideals of culture and witnessed the opposition of state and society, spans half of Philippine cinema’s first century. Cinemalaya, emerging in 2005, was a practical and discursive outworking of these contending political and ideological strains.
Through images, objects, and motion pictures, the exhibit Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15 traced the interrogation of “independent” cinema in view of historical pursuits of freedom in the national narrative. This book, apart from serving as a catalog of the exhibit, is also an educational material for Filipino students and makers of film, a compendium of keywords for a critical pedagogy of Philippine cinema.
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