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Brillante Mendoza: A Contemporary Filipino Filmmaker

Ground Floor Galleries
September 05 to October 01, 2016


Brillante Mendoza: A Contemporary Filipino Filmmaker


In a little over a decade, Brillante Ma Mendoza has produced a body of works that further pushed to the international stage a cinematic idiom that emerged in the Philippines in the postwar years, revitalized in the seventies by cinematic giants on whose shoulders he sits together with other filmmakers of his generation.

Known as a director of films that cover the milieu of the powerless, disenfranchised poor, and those in the periphery, not many know that Brillante Ma Mendoza is the first contemporary filmmaker who has embraced and embodied the Found Story approach of filmmaking.

It is filmmaking that expresses a social critique drawing from actual rather than imagined milieus. In many ways, it is the feature film equivalent of Creative Non-fiction. A parallel concept in the visual arts is the Found Object - art created from ordinary objects with little material or physical mediation; a way to dignify the commonplace and the overlooked. Historically, it was a gesture to critique the prescriptive, exclusionary, elitist tendencies of institutions.

It is in this spirit that the vision of Brillante Ma Mendoza as a contemporary filmmaker is presented; how it lays bare the struggles of common individuals and families in contemporary society for all of us to see.




Configuring Philippine Print From the Collection of BangkoSentralngPilipinas

Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
August 30 - October 29, 2016


Configuring Philippine Print
From the Collection of BangkoSentralngPilipinas



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