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City of Screens: Imagining Audiences in Manila's Alternative Film Culture
by Jasmine Nadua Trice
Duke University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-4780-2125-4 | Cloth: 978-1-4780-1058-6 | Paper: 978-1-4780-1169-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.P6T753 2021

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In City of Screens Jasmine Nadua Trice examines the politics of cinema circulation in early-2000s Manila. She traces Manila's cinema landscape by focusing on the primary locations of film exhibition and distribution: the pirated DVD district, mall multiplexes, art-house cinemas, the university film institute, and state-sponsored cinematheques. In the wake of digital media piracy and the decline of the local commercial film industry, the rising independent cinema movement has been a site of contestation between filmmakers and the state, each constructing different notions of a prospective, national public film audience. Discourses around audiences become more salient given that films by independent Philippine filmmakers are seldom screened to domestic audiences, despite their international success. City of Screens provides a deeper understanding of the debates about the competing roles of the film industry, the public, and the state in national culture in the Philippines and beyond.

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