Focus Programme｜Necessary Fictions: Negotiating Realities in Post-national Philippine Documentaries
Given the complexity of the history of the Philippines, when Philippines documentaries rooted in realism are bridged with the idea of 'necessary fiction', nuanced meanings can be observed in such aesthetic choices which manifest an urgent necessity in the face of cruel reality.
This program includes 11 themes, and 46 films from the 1980 onwards, juxtaposing classics and more recent films, emphasising filmmakers' distinctive personal touches in a wide range of forms, and presenting multiple aspects of a nation that rejects over-simplification. Through exploration in history, geography, culture, folklore, religion, and race spanning time and space, a bursting uproar named 'Philippines' arises among these collective oeuvres.
Co-curator: Merv ESPINA