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Perfumed Nightmare
Produced and directed by Kidlat Tahimik, this brilliant semi-autobiographical fable tells the story of a young Filipino born in 1942 (during the Occupation), his awakening to, and reaction against, American cultural colonialism. In his small village, Kidlat dreams of Cape Canaveral and listens to the Voice of America; he's even…
Origins in Indonesia and the Philippines
Examine many variants on common mythological themes in this region: accounts of humanity emerging from eggs, intricate tales of the origins of different animals, and stories of how humans acquired (or reacquired) fire. Compare Trickster tales of the clever, delicate mouse-deer with those of the mischievous ape.
The Lure of Empire - America Debates Imperialism
Exploring one of America's most controversial foreign policy decisions -- the annexation of the Philippines -- this program re-creates the agony of self-searching that preceded America's turn toward expansion. "Everyone who was anyone from 1899 to 1901 is here, from [President] McKinley to Samuel Clemens. Newsreel shots of the Spanish-American…
Philippines - The Furthest Cross
Part of the Series: Asian Insight
The Philippines poses a problem of identity: to be Asian or otherwise. This film shows how the complex social structure of the Spanish and the religious cult of Santo Nino have not been disentangled from the church and the relics of folk religion. This long, often savage and brutal history…
Singing Pictures
For generations, Patua (Chitrakar) communities of West Bengal, India have been painters and singers of stories depicted in scrolls. The Patuas tell the stories of Muslim saints (pirs and fakirs) as well as Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and offer devotion to saints at Muslim shrines. In the past they used…
Vaastu Marabu
The Vishwakarmas, the holders of the architectural and artistic heritage in India, have maintained the skill and the theoretical basis essential for designing and executing almost all aspects of the man-made environment. Vaastu Marabu documents the theory and practice of the Vaastu tradition of Indian art, architecture, craft and design.…
Modern Day Slaves
The film depicts the story of Filipino Overseas Workers who leave their home country to find work in another country. Many of them work as domestic helpers and are known to be called Modern Day Slaves. They earn a few dollars to support themselves and send the rest of their…
Stateless - Vietnamese Refugees in the Philippines
In 2005, a spark of hope came when the U.S. immigration officials returned to Manila to review the cases of over 2000 Vietnamese refugees who spent over 17 years in the Philippines waiting for resettlement. They have been living in the Philippines without legal status, ownership nor employment rights. While…
Bitter Rice
The Philippines is a country with a long history of revolution dating back to Spanish and American colonisation and Japanese occupation. Bitter Rice focuses on the story of Bernabe Buscayno, alias Kommanda Dante, a legendary figure who has devoted his life to the struggle for a free Philippines. Using economic…
China Avant Garde - From Bicycles to BMW's
Part of the Series: Australian Artists Collection
The new China as you've never seen it before through the astonishing work of the painters and sculptors currently turning the art world on its head. Art historian Evan Hughes, son of Sydney art dealer, Ray Hughes, visits the studios of some of the artists whose fortunes have been transformed…
Effacement
NOW DIGITALLY REMASTERED. The film emphasises the relationship between the maskmaker and her mask. It experiments with the visual and dramatic potential in Noh and in the mask, moving toward abstraction as the mask appears and reappears in the reflection of a tree, its original substance. The soundtrack is filled…
One Sky
One Sky documents the combination of the best contemporary Western dance performance and music with the traditional culture of Indonesia. It explores a successful example of artistic fusion where Eastern culture meets Western movement. As we follow the Chrissie Parrott Dance Company's performances in Surabaya we discover some of the…