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Rizal, Cinema and the Filipino Nation

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker, author, film teacher and historian Nick Deocampo will talk about “Rizal, Cinema and the Filipino Nation” in a lecture presented by the Lopez Memorial Museum in cooperation with Anvil Publishing on June 30(Saturday) from 2-4pm.

In commemoration of the national hero’s birth month, the lecture will trace the beginnings of Philippine cinema signaled by the first feature film on Jose Rizal, and how the history of local cinema has been further enriched by films about him and his works. It will also ask viewers of these films (and future films on Rizal) to compare and contrast the sense of nation and identity sought to be established by Rizal’s works and the films, with that of today’s views on these.

The lecture fee of P300 includes his latest book SineGabay: A Film Study Guidewhich is the first major publication on film literacy. This book is a valuable instrument in his advocacy in developing a more literate Filipino audio-visual industry and its audience.

Deocampo has more than 20 years experience in film exhibition and festivals, his documentaries have broken new grounds in ushering a new movement in the Philippines’ alternative filmmaking. As a member of UNESCO’s Philippine Memory of the World Committee, he helps promote awareness of the world’s documentary heritage including film. He is a recipient of various international grants and fellowships. Currently he teaches at the University of the Philippines and is the director of the Center for New Cinema, a company fostering film literacy through the publication of film books and the production of educational films.

Anvil Publishing, Inc. is a nine-time Publisher of the Year as cited by the Manila Critics Circle. To date, it is the biggest and most progressive tradebook publisher in the Philippines. Founded and operationalized in 1990, it publishes a wide range of books, including Decompao’s Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines and Film: American Influence on Philippine Cinema.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. To reserve a slot, call Fanny at 631-2417.