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Sine Ni Lav Diaz

A Long Take on the Filipino Auteur

A holistic consideration of the works of celebrated Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz.

This original collection considers Lav Diaz and his works without being confined to a specific approach or research method. On the contrary, it touches on nearly every major contemporary academic approach to cinema. Though Diaz’s contributions to slow and durational cinema are well known and his importance in contemporary world cinema is beyond doubt, the director remains largely unexplored in cinema studies. The book addresses this research gap, situating Diaz at the crucial juncture of new auteurism, Filipino New Wave, and transnational cinema, but it does not neglect the industrial-exhibitional coordinates of his cinema. 

The first book-length study on the groundbreaking auteur, the collection takes a critical look at his career and corpus from various perspectives, with contributions from cinema studies researchers, film critics, festival programmers, and artists. It offers a nuanced overview of the filmmaker and the cinematic traditions he belongs to for film enthusiasts, researchers, and general readers alike.

216 pages | 17 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Film Studies

Media Studies

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Table of Contents


         Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.




  1. Introduction

               Parichay Patra and Michael Kho Lim

  1. Lav Diaz through Cinematic Histories

    a) After Brocka: Situating Lav Diaz in Philippine Cinema
    Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.

    b) Homeward Hill: Messianic Redemption in Diaz and Dostoevsky
    Tom Paulus

    c) Long Walk to Life: The Cinema of Lav Diaz
    May Adadol Ingawanji

    d) Freedom Is a Long Shot: A Chronicle of Lav Diaz’s Artistic Struggle
    Michael Guarneri 

  2. From Death to the Gods: The Resurrection of the National?

    a) Never, Always and Already Saved: Soteriology in Century of Birthing (2011); Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012); and Norte, the End of History (2013)
    Marco Grosoli

    b) The Idyllic Chronotope and Spatial Justice in Lav Diaz’s Melancholia
    Katrina Macapagal

  3. No Cinema, No Art Either

    a) How Do You Solve a Problem like Lav Diaz?: Debating Norte, the End of History
    Adrian Martin

    b) Evolution of a Filipino Family and/as non-cinema
    William Brown

    c) Jesus, Magdalene and the Filipino Judas: Lav Diaz and his ‘Artless’ Epics
    Parichay Patra

    d) Distributing the Cinema of Lav Diaz
    Michael Kho Lim

  1. Interview with Lav Diaz
    A Lav Affair with Cinema

  1. Tribute  
    Indictment and Empowerment of the Individual: The Modern Cinema of Lav Diaz
    Alexis Tioseco


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