University of the Philippines offers courses on Film History and Martial Law

University of the Philippines Martial Law
The UP Film Institute is offering film education on Martial Law and Cinema for the first semester of Academic Year (AY) 2022-2023. Photos from UPFI FB.

The University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) is offering four courses on Martial Law and Cinema for all UP Diliman students.

The UP Film Institute of the premier state university released a list of film education subjects that include three special topics covering Semiotics of Martial Law Cinema, Martial Law and Philippine cinema, and one film seminar on Martial Law and Historical Revisionism.

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The courses will be taught by award-winning filmmakers and notable film historians Nick Deocampo, Ed Cabagnot, Sari Dalena, and Roland Tolentino.

UPFI announced that its course offerings will be available for UP Diliman students in the first semester of Academic Year (AY) 2022-2023.

“The University of the Philippines Film Institute will offer film education on Martial Law and cinema this 1st semester of AY 2022-2023,” UPFI wrote on its official Facebook page on July 11, 2022.

Here are the courses on Martial Law and cinema offered by the University of the Philippines Film Institute:

Film 196 (Special Topics): “The Semiotics of Martial Law and its Cinema” by Professor Nick Deocampo will use semiotics to study the films about martial law. The course investigates the cinema that emerged during the military regime and the period of its aftermath leading to the overthrow of the dictatorship.

Film 196 (Special Topics): “HORRORS!” by Professor Ed Cabagnot is a Genre Studies course that focuses on the art and craft of the horror film, covering its historical highlights and modern-day trends; key films and filmmakers; as well as the social, cultural, political, and philosophical dimensions of the genre. Special emphasis shall be placed on Asian, ASEAN, and Pinoy horror cinema.

Film 196 (Special Topics): “Martial Law and Pinoy Cinema, Noon at Ngayon” by Professor Sari Dalena is an introductory film course that highlights films produced during Martial Law and contemporary works revisiting this tumultuous period by new directors in the post-Martial Law era. The course is designed to place emphasis on the interactive discussion between the students, the filmmakers, and the Martial Law survivors. Culminating activity will be a collaboration among students to produce a short video about Martial Law.

FILM 180 (Film Seminar): “Cinema, Martial Law and Historical Revisionism” by Professor Roland Tolentino is a course that maps out the interfaces of martial law and the cinema produced in the period, and examines how political cinema then is depoliticized for the historical revisionist project of the present.

An onsite martial law museum is set to rise within the University of the Philippines Diliman campus to honor the memory of the victims of state violence and oppression during the dark period in Philippine history.

The Ateneo de Manila University released a reading list of recommended books on Martial Law in the Philippines under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to educate more Filipino readers on the dark chapter in Philippine history.

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