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Essays on Filipino Filmmakers

Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Communications and University Fellow at De La Salle University, Manila. A filmmaker, Del Mundo is a critical figure in Philippine cinema.

Shirley O. Lua is Associate Professor of Literature at De La Salle University.

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Critical Voices

Direks are the most mysterious creatures who walk the land of film. This book will take you down that secret garden path that opens the door to unknown memories, secret information and long-held insights of the direks who made, and make Philippine cinema so great today!” Philip Cheah, Film Critic, Advisory Board Member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinemas)

“Both intimate and informative, Direk paints the portraits of our greatest Filipino filmmakers that helped shape Philippine cinema to what it is today with such heart and respect. This is definitely a must-have for film enthusiasts!” Mary Liza B. Diño-Seguerra, Chairperson and CEO, Film Development Council of the Philippines

Direk, a collection of essays on Filipino filmmakers, presents an accessible and provocative introduction to Philippine cinema. Notable Filipino critics write on the canonical Filipino film directors: Ronald Baytan on Ishmael Bernal; Patrick F. Campos on Kidlat Tahimik; Clodualdo Del Mundo, Jr. on Manuel Silos, Eddie Romero, and Lamberto Avellana; Vicente Garcia Groyon on Peque Gallaga; Shirley O. Lua on Fernando Poe, Jr.; Gil Quito on Marilou Diaz-Abaya and Lav Diaz; Anne Frances N. Sangil on Mike de Leon; Agustin Sotto on Gerardo de Leon; Nicanor G. Tiongson on Manuel Conde; Rolando B. Tolentino on Lino Brocka; Noel Vera on Mario O'Hara; and Lito B. Zulueta on Brillante Ma. Mendoza.

A compelling work, the first of its kind, it is filled with insight and critical provocation. The work is essential reading for all who are interested in film making in all its multiple aspects, and provides hitherto unavailable information on Philippine filmmakers and cinema.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-965-4
Paperback Price: £35.00 / $49.95
Release Date: January 2019
Page Extent / Format: 360 pp. 246 x 171 mm
Illustrated: Highly illustrated




Short Takes
1  Re-visiting Manuel Silos and Biyaya ng Lupa
   Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.
2  The Life and Art of Gerardo de Leon
   Agustin Sotto
3  Eddie Romero: Grand Ideas in a Small Film Industry
   Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.

Medium Shots
4  Manuel Conde: Trickster and Visionary
   Nicanor G. Tiongson
5  Avellana: A Portrait of the Artist as Pinoy Filmmaker
   Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.
6  FPJ: Dreaming of National Fantasies and Justices in Philippine Cinema
   Shirley O. Lua
7  Lino Brocka: Film and Politics in the Marcos Era
   Rolando B. Tolentino
8  The Brave and Ironic Ishmael Bernal
   Ronald Baytan
9  Peque Gallaga: The Passion of the PQ
   Vicente Garcia Groyon
10  Satire and Social Activism as Subversion in Mike de Leon's Kakabakaba Ka Ba? and Sister Stella L.
   Anne Frances N. Sangil
11  The Quiet Man Passes
   Noel Vera
12  A Portrait of Kidlat Tahimik, A Godfather of Filipino Indie Cinema
   Patrick F. Campos
13  Home or Elsewhere: Locus and Dislocation in the Cinema of Brillante Ma. Mendoza
   Lito B. Zulueta
Long Takes
14  Marilou Diaz-Abaya: Beyond Feminism
   Gil Quito
15  Lav Diaz: New Directions in World Cinema
   Gil Quito

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