Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Attacking Gay Films
Through the Philippine Cinema yahoo group, I read an email from an "award winning" yet jobless script writer appealing for directors and producers to take a look at his work.
And he begins to tell producers to consider "sensible" materials instead of "pambakla" (the gay themes). Needless to say, I am peeved by this attack on gay cinema.
This "award winning" writer apparently has not heard of Cinemalaya, Cinema One, NCCA and other institutions that fund materials worthy to become films.
As I retorted in my email, go ahead and make movies but don't you dare point a dirty finger on gay cinema. Our gay cinema, a collection of films from the remarkable to the forgettable, from the pornographic to the sublime -- whatever they may be, they are representative of stories from people who have less power in Philippine society.
It is through gay cinema that we, gay men learn from each other's lives, enjoy and appreciate our stigmatized sexuality and understand our own unique issues, concerns and life stages.
And for this reason, only a sociologically ignorant individual will try to put a stop to gay cinema.
Labels: independent films