The Face of Urban Poverty in the Cinema of Brocka
This book by Veronica L. Isla looks into the depiction of the Filipino urban poor in the films of Lino Brocka. "On one hand, he has been praised for drawing upon real-life situations, for being sensitive to historical contexts, and for using cinema as a vehicle for social commentary. On the other hand, he has been accused of failing to be truly revolutionary because larger social issues are obscured by his melodramatic strategy of focusing on the personal struggles of deeply flawed characters. The key to understanding this paradox is a closer and more exhaustive investigation of the extratextual factors that shaped his representation."
University of the Philippines Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 171 pages / BW