From June 1 to 25, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is screening Philippine movies made from 2000 to the present. This time frame marks a surge in independent movie-making in the country and is now called the Third Golden Age of Philippine cinema.
The Philippines has a rich history of local cinema, though it’s only recently begun to travel abroad. The industry saw a surge in the 1950s and then again from the ’70s to the ’80s (each respectively known as the first and second golden ages), but by 2000 production had waned to around 50 movies a year.
The 18 movies screening at MoMA show renewed commitment to a range of genres, from documentary to thrillers to historical fiction. There are both established and lesser-known names among the 13 directors featured in the series. The revered Brillante Mendoza is screening Serbis (Service) (2008), which takes place at an Art Deco movie theater named “Family” that screens porn. Another classic is Raya Martin‘s Independencia (2009), a story set in the early 20th century that poetically reflects on the Philippines’ own struggle with independence. I’m personally interested in seeing Ramona S. Diaz‘s Motherland (2017), a documentary that follows the community of patients at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Metro Manila, where poor pregnant women can receive professional care.
When: Thursday, June 1–Sunday, June 25
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd St, Midtown West, Manhattan)
More info here.