New golden age dawns in Philippine cinema [Philippines]

“The Philippines has demonstrated a robust cinema industry over the past seven decades, with a prolific commercial scene aimed at local audiences, and an internationally acclaimed social realist movement dating back to the 1970s.

But few outside of the country are aware of the Philippines’ love of cinema, its diversity of film styles, and its filmmakers’ desire to experiment.

That’s something La Frances Hui, associate curator, department of film, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), hopes to change with the program – A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema.

The 18-strong selection, drawn from films made since 2000, brings together features from a diverse number of genres and styles and runs until June 25 at MoMA.

“I hope that this will be a game-changing series for Philippine cinema,” Hui says. “I think it’s important for MoMA to acknowledge such a vibrant movement. …”

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