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UP Film Institute is offering courses on martial law and cinema

By AYIE LICSI Published Jul 12, 2022 4:12 pm

The University of the Philippines Film Institute will start offering courses on martial law in correlation to Philippine cinema in the coming school year.

Four courses will be open for study to UP Diliman students, which include the following:

  • Film 196 (Special Topics): The Semiotics of Martial Law and its Cinema by Prof. Nick Deocampo
  • Film 196 (Special Topics): HORRORS! by Prof. Ed Cabagnot
  • Film 196 (Special Topics): Martial Law and Pinoy Cinema, Noon at Ngayon by Prof. Sari Dalena
  • FILM 180 (Film Seminar): Cinema, Martial Law and Historical Revisionism by Professor Roland Tolentino

The Semiotics of Martial Law and its Cinema will explore the motion picture industry that emerged during the military regime and the films that came after the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown. The course will also introduce the study of alternative movies, which materialized during a time of political turmoil.

Horrors! will focus on the art and craft of horror films and its historical highlights and modern-day trends. 

Meanwhile, Martial Law and Pinoy Cinema, Noon at Ngayon will study the works from the era as well as contemporary pieces after it. It will also open discussions between students, filmmakers, and martial law survivors. Students will have to produce a short video about martial law as a culminating activity.

Lastly, the seminar Cinema, Martial Law, and Historical Revisionism will map out the interfaces of martial law and examine how political cinema from the past has been politicized for historical revisionism.

The courses will be offered for the first semester of Academic Year 2022-2023 for UP Diliman students.