Cinema and History Lectures

Sample Study Program

Introduction to the Study of Film History

Perspectives in Film History:

  • Film and History
  • Film History
  • History on Film
  • Film as History

A discussion on History and Cinema with screenings of film excerpts from the following films:

  • Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? by Eddie Romero starring Christopher de Leon and Gloria Diaz
  • Jose Rizal by Marilou Diaz Abaya starring Cesar Montano
  • Bayani by Raymond Red starring Julio Diaz
  • Early American Newsreels made by the studios of Thomas Alva Edison and the American Mutoscope and Bioscope
  • Revolutions Happen like Refrains in a Song, a documentary by Nick Deocampo
  • Sister Stella L. by Mike de Leon starring Vilma Santos
  • and moreā€¦

Knowing various kinds of Film History:

Technological, Business, Aesthetic, Social (with film excerpts to be shown)

Reading History on Film, or How to Use Film to Impart Knowledge on Philippine History

Introduction: “History, Cinema and the Filipino Nation”

Course Work: Viewing and Analysis of Films along Thematic Lines using various ways of learning through story analysis; decoding of narratives and cinematic elements; study of spatial composition, ideological framing, gender and racial representation; strategies of reception; etc.:

i) Theme to investigate: AMERICAN COLONIZATION

Films to study:

  • Early American Newsreels
  • Virgin Forest by Peque Gallaga
  • Hellow, Soldier! by Lino Brocka
  • Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo by Lupita Kashiwahara
  • Edades: Victorio C. Edades and Modernism in Philippine Art, a documentary by Nick Deocampo

ii) Theme to investigate: PHILIPPINE REVOLUTIONS
(1896 Revolution, 1986 EDSA People’s Power Revolt)

Films to study:

  • Noli Me Tangere by Gerardo de Leon
  • Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? by Eddie Romero
  • Jose Rizal by Marilou Diaz Abaya
  • Bayani by Raymond Red
  • Revolutions Happen Like Refrains in a Song by Nick Deocampo

iii) Theme to investigate: JAPANESE OCCUPATION, or WW II

Films to study:

  • Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos by Mario O’hara starring Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon and Bembol Roco
  • Panaghoy sa Suba by Cesar Montano
  • Orders from Tokyo, a World War II documentary
  • Private Wars, a documentary by Nick Deocampo

iii) Theme to investigate: MARTIAL LAW

Films to study:

  • Batch ’81 by Mike de Leon starring Mark Gil
  • Sister Stella L. by Mike de Leon starring Vilma Santos
  • Kisapmata by Mike de Leon starring Charo Santos
  • Manila by Night by Ishmael Bernal
  • Escapo by Chito Rono starring Christopher de Leon and Richard Gomez
  • Batas Militar a documentary by Jon Red

iv) Theme to investigate: POST-EDSA PHILIPPINE SOCIETY

Films to study:

  • Orapronobis by Lino Brocka starring Gina Alajar
  • Ynang-bayan: To be a woman is to live at a time of war, a documentary by Nick Deocampo

Introduction to Interactive Digital Media: REPRESENTATION OF MANILA ON FILM

Films to study:

  • Early American Newsreels made by the studios of Thomas Alva
  • Edison and the American Mutoscope and Bioscope
  • Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? by Eddie Romero starring Christopher de Leon and Gloria Diaz
  • Orders from Tokyo, confiscated Japanese war documentary
  • Portrait of the Artist as Filipino by Lamberto Avellana starring Daisy Hontiveros
  • Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag by Lino Brocka
  • Manila By Night by Ishmael Bernal
  • Memories of Old Manila by Nick Deocampo starring Behn Cervantes

Conclusions, Evaluation and Closing Program

Distribution of Certificates