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A masterful reference book on Philippine cinema

The Manila Times — 12.1.2021

UPON receiving word of my new work assignment in the Philippines in the summer of 2009, an Italian friend complimented me with the strangest response: “Congratulations! I envy you! That’s where the best Asian films come from!”

My colleague, a university professor, has not missed a single Venice Film Festival in the last 20 years, and when it comes to nonmainstream movies, he is like a walking encyclopedia.

He quizzed me enthusiastically, “Haven’t you heard about Lav Diaz and Brillante Mendoza?” And embarrassed, I tried to redress my ignorance by googling those names.

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