Commentary on Jose Maria Sison’s “The Need for a Cultural Revolution” (Part 2)

Part 1 here Just as revolution is inevitable in politico-economic relations, revolution is inevitable in culture. A cultural revolution, as a matter of fact, is a necessary aspect of the politico-economic revolution. In the history of mankind, it can easily be seen that even before the full development of the politico-economic power of an ascendant… Continue reading Commentary on Jose Maria Sison’s “The Need for a Cultural Revolution” (Part 2)

Commentary on Jose Maria Sison’s “The Need for a Cultural Revolution”

This text aims to provide a commentary on Jose Maria Sison’s brief text, “The Need for a Cultural Revolution.” The currently existing text to be cited in this essay is the one published on Sison’s website. The text was originally from a lecture delivered by Sison on September 30, 1966. It is important to consider… Continue reading Commentary on Jose Maria Sison’s “The Need for a Cultural Revolution”

The Many Deaths of Lino Brocka

photo from Concerned Artists of the Philippines This year marks the 30th death anniversary of the nationalist filmmaker, Lino Brocka. Even after May 21, 1991, he’s been dying multiple deaths. Some may recall how Patrick Flores’ polemic against Brocka, incidentally published day after Brocka died sparked controversy as one which provoked later the extent of… Continue reading The Many Deaths of Lino Brocka

The Audience Problem and the Film-as-Art Ideology

Last night’s Sipat Film School’s roundtable on Piracy has turned into something else on the sidelines. Discussion over the classroom chat has turned towards the relatively old debate between “mainstream vs indie” and how it is the audience’s fault that more “relevant” films are not being appreciated.  For long that I’ve been around cinephilia, or… Continue reading The Audience Problem and the Film-as-Art Ideology