Cine>Sine: Spanish Beginnings of Philippine Cinema

Cine>Sine: Spanish Beginnings of Philippine Cinema

Film_6This hour-long digital documentary recreates the beginning of motion pictures in the Philippines. By tracing the origin of cinema, it sheds light on Manila as the birthplace of motion pictures. Based on his award-winning book, Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines, the documentary traces the beginning of cinema in 1897 when two Spaniards showed the first moving pictures in Escolta. Against the backdrop of war and revolution, film developed to become the emerging Filipinos’ dominant form of public entertainment. Featured in the documentary are elements of Spanish culture found in Filipino films as evidenced through the classic films made by three National Artists—Eddie Romero, Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. CINE/SINE is Deocampo’s homage both to Philippine cinema and the Filipino nation that is its twin.

Cine>Sine: Spanish Beginnings of Philippine Cinema

Synopsis

Film_6This hour-long digital documentary recreates the beginning of motion pictures in the Philippines. By tracing the origin of cinema, it sheds light on Manila as the birthplace of motion pictures. Based on his award-winning book, Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines, the documentary traces the beginning of cinema in 1897 when two Spaniards showed the first moving pictures in Escolta. Against the backdrop of war and revolution, film developed to become the emerging Filipinos’ dominant form of public entertainment. Featured in the documentary are elements of Spanish culture found in Filipino films as evidenced through the classic films made by three National Artists—Eddie Romero, Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. CINE/SINE is Deocampo’s homage both to Philippine cinema and the Filipino nation that is its twin.

Description

2009, Digital Documentary, 60 mins., English Narration/Subtitles, In Color      

Writer/Director: Nick Deocampo;
Production Company: Center for New Cinema;
Executive Producer: Nick Deocampo;
Producer/Editor: Emmanuel Dadivas;
3D Animation Artist: Roy Dadivas;
Asst. 3D Animation Artist: Matt Sudario.

Funding made possible through grants provided by: Gobierno de España – Ministerio de Cultura, Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, AECID Technical Cooperation Office, Instituto Cervantes Manila, Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation, National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Key Subject Areas:
3D Animation; Arts & Culture; Cinema (Philippine); Colonialism (Spanish); Communication Arts (Film, Mass Communication, Communication Research); Digital Media; Documentary; Film History; Identity; Indigenization; Manila; Philippine History; Society