Memories of Old Manila

Memories of Old Manila

MEMORIES OF OLD MANILAA short, syncretic vision of a city that was once the envy of the Orient but has now sunk into despair – Manila. In this short film, a historian (Behn Cervantes) travels through time from the swampland that was once the city into the squalor that it has become in contemporary time. In between these scenes is five centuries that define Manila as the country’s premier city. As the historian revisits major periods of its history, he too is transformed and affected by what he sees and what he knows. In the swampland that was the beginning and is now the end of the city, time collapses past and present, memory and consciousness, as he drowns in a quagmire of historical forgetfulness and remembrance.

Memories of Old Manila

Synopsis

MEMORIES OF OLD MANILAA short, syncretic vision of a city that was once the envy of the Orient but has now sunk into despair – Manila. In this short film, a historian (Behn Cervantes) travels through time from the swampland that was once the city into the squalor that it has become in contemporary time. In between these scenes is five centuries that define Manila as the country’s premier city. As the historian revisits major periods of its history, he too is transformed and affected by what he sees and what he knows. In the swampland that was the beginning and is now the end of the city, time collapses past and present, memory and consciousness, as he drowns in a quagmire of historical forgetfulness and remembrance.

Description

1993/ 16mm/ Color/ 22 mins/ Documentary

D: Nick Deocampo;
P: South Productions Ltd. For Channel 4, London (UK); Sc: Nick Deocampo, Ricky Lee;
C:
Yam Laranas;
PD: Nick Deocampo, Ricky Orellana;
E:
Lauro Rene Manda; So: Nolet Clemente;
M: Joey Ayala;
N: Joonee Gamboa
Cast: Behn Cervantes, street children

Key Subject Areas:
Colonialism/Neo-Colonialism (U.S.); Human Rights; Manila; Philippine History; Politics; Short Film; Society