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Raya Martin and His Visions of Postcolonial Realities

25 October 2012 5:51 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is hosting a retrospective on Raya Martin, running October 19 - 27, 2012.

Above: Raya Martin. Photo by Buccino de Ocampo.

Raya Martin’s multiplicity as a key filmmaker in experimental cinema in the Philippines remains a complex subject to undertake. His radical and polarizing films earned him not only a reputation as a visionary of the film form, but also a mask of an aesthete, an art-for-art’s sake director detached from the social paradigm of Philippine cinema. These assertions led me to reassess Raya Martin’s career path to look into his films in terms of his varied style, his appropriations as a result of his post-colonial inquiries; and to position him within the ideological paradigm of Philippine cinema.

Raya Martin’s filmography can be divided into three modes based on style: documentary (Island at the End of the World [2004], Autohystoria [2007], Next Attraction »

- Adrian Mendizabal

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