Writing about regional cinema and alternative film cultures in the Philippines with Jay Rosas
Date and time: November 19 at 10:00 AM-1:00 PM (GMT+8)
Location: Sine Pop, Cubao
What do we talk about when we say “regional” cinema? How do we contextualize work from the regions without succumbing to stereotypes or tokenizing experiences? 2023 ArtsEquator Fellow Jay Rosas will talk about his years of attempting to answer these questions and more. From his writings in New Durian Cinema and Pelikula Journal to programming at Ngilngig and Cinema Rehiyon to creating alternative film spaces through Pasalidahay, Rosas will discuss the different ways one can engage with cinema from the regions, the persistent questions and problems of such problematics, and the possible ways forward.
About the Expert
JAY ROSAS is a film programmer, critic, organizer, and filmmaker based in Davao City. He co-founded Pasalidahay, a film collective that organizes film screenings and workshops, including the Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival in which he is the chief programmer. He has also programmed films for the Mindanao Film Festival and Cinema Rehiyon. His writing has appeared in Pelikula Journal, Mindanao Times, Sine Kultura, and New Durian Cinema. He participated in the Film Criticism Workshop of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2015, and the Working Title program for Asian film curators in 2017-18 in Japan and Thailand. In 2019, he produced and co-directed the short documentary Budots: The Craze, which was part of the first Daang Dokyu Festival in 2020, and other local and international festivals and screenings. He is currently an executive committee member of the National Cinema Committee of the National Committee for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Recently, he was selected as one of the Southeast Asian fellows for the Arts Equator Fellowship. He has worked in the development sector for more than 15 years in the field of communications, advocacy, and knowledge management. He is developing his next documentary about Davao.