Movie nights w/ Oindri #4
(essay written for LCS 143: Media and the Public Domain mid-term assignment)
Pirates of Malegaon: Creative Appropriation on the Margins of Legality
“We don’t have the means to make films, that’s the truth. We don’t have great voices, but we are singing. . . We have no weapons but we’re fighting a war. And winning it.”
– unidentified weaver from Malegaon
These words encapsulate the core of the Malegaon phenomenon–the birth of a parallel film industry from within an economically-depressed…
A Brighter Summer Day was the first Taiwanese film I had ever seen and it had left me floored, back at a time when I was wholly ignorant of its history and culture. As I watched more and more Taiwanese cinema, this one film kept echoing and reverberating through my memory, somehow only growing in stature.
About six months later, I decided to finally put my thoughts in writing, and come to terms with how I feel about this…
Filmed over a span of 10 years, running over a period of 10 hours, illuminating the unseen face of a nation spread across its past, present and projected future, this is Evolution of a Filipino Family. This is Lav Diaz. This is cinema at its most potent, mined to its extremes and exploited like never before, fixing a hard gaze on the neglected and abused―the lowest strata of civilized society―like nothing has ever dared to.
Even if the film…