KINO SINE. Philippine-German Cinema Relations

From: Tilman Baumgärtel (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Feb 29 2008 - 18:19:42 PST

KINO SINE. Philippine-German Cinema Relations
Edited by Tilman Baumgärtel

Contributions by Lav Diaz, Harun Farocki, Rosa von Praunheim, Werner
Schroeter, Nick Deocampo, Ulrich Gregor, Nan Goldin, Raymond Red,
Roxlee, Bobby Suarez, Kidlat Tahimik and others

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Beginning in the mid-1970’s and continuing through the 1980’s and into
the 1990’s, a number of German film directors, theorists and other movie
people came to work or teach in the Philippines. Some came because the
Goethe-Institut Manila had invited them for workshops and film
presentations. Others came at their own expense because they were
fascinated by Philippines, which– after the People Power revolution of
1986 that ousted the Marcosregime– exercised its own peculiar kind of
magnetism on many Europeans. The workshops “the Germans” conducted and
the film screenings they presented were in part responsible for the
emergence of an alternative film scene in the Philippines that went on
to garner recognition and awards at international film festivals in the

This book deals with the “Sine-Kino-Connection”. It documents the
beginnings of the experimental and alternative film movement of the
1980s in the Philippines. And, at the same time, it deals with a part of
German film history that few people in Germany are aware of. Today a new
generation of independent Filipino filmmakers is emerging and once again
garnering critical acclaim in the Philippines and abroad. This book
provides an historical perspective on the earlier development of
experimental, non-mainstream film in the Philippines.

Published by the Goethe-Institut Manila 2007
Exclusively distributed by Anvil Publishing, Pasig City, The Philippines
ISBN 978-971-27-2025-3
The book will be available at National Bookstores, Powerbooks and other
bookstores in the Philippines.

Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel 
Film Institute, College of Mass Communication, 
University of the Philippines
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