CNN’s Scene by Scene is a series of half-hour documentaries about Asia-Pacific films, the power and reach of such cinema, and the culture they present to the world. In the four episodes of the series—which started airing last October 3, by the way—two actually feature Philippine cinema. Who are our reps, you may ask? None other than Cannes Winner Brillante Mendoza, and deposed President Joseph Estrada. The Philippines figures in the second and third episodes, which airs October 11 and October 17 respectively.
In the second episode, (Sunday, October 11 at 1230am) Scene by Scene looks at the Turkish box office boom, a rediscovered 1970s film from Australia, Bollywood, and our very own thriving indie cinema. CNN’s Anna Coren speaks with Brillante Mendoza about his role in the indie scene, among other things. Our ex-Prez, meanwhile, graces the third episode, which airs on Sunday, October 17. Scene by Scene visits Estrada on the set of the first movie with Ai-Ai de las Alas, Toni Gonzaga, and Aling Dionisya tentatively titled “Ang Tanging Ama,” his first film in 22 years.
We reckon, at the very least the world is starting to notice of Philippine Cinema.
WORDS: LOU E. ALBANO