• CCP screens docus on Philippine Cinema

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    Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Arthouse Cinema is set to present Reflexive Cinema Films on Filipino Filmmaking on July 8, 3 pm at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

    Starting the lineup is the 1986 documentary about Philippine Cinema on the pre-war era. “Philippine Cinema: 1912-1944” is a valuable documentary of the late film historian Agustin Sotto featuring interviews of pre-war cinema icons like National Artists Atang de La Rama, Lamberto Avellana and Manuel Conde who is the namesake of the screening venue.

    Following the Sotto documentary is the 1952 biopic of actor Rudy Concepcion known in the late 30s as “idolong kayumanggi”. Sampaguita Pictures, one of the earliest production houses in the country, who also discovered the renowned actor, produced this biopic.

    These screenings are free and part of CCP Arthouse Cinema’s way to promote film among newbies and cineastes.

    The films were curated by National Commission for Culture and the Arts Commissioner Teddy Co of the National Committee on Cinema. Co also contributed to the curation of “Taboo: Unwholesome Films” screening adult indie material in June.

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