CMC Research Brownbag Brownbag: Prof. Joni Gutierrez on August 6


The Office of Research and Publication (ORP) cordially invites you to the CMC Research Brownbag presentation of Prof. Joni Gutierrez on August 6, 3-5pm at the CMC Auditorium. "The Realist Cinema of Lino Brocka" is Prof. Gutierrez's PhD dissertation which discusses Lino Brocka's cinematic realism.

About the Presentation:

This study – PhD dissertation that the lecturer is working on – delves into an under-researched stream in Lino Brocka film studies: cinematic realism. The realist film theory of Siegfried Kracauer is used as framework, particularly as regards its notion of a cinema that engages in physical reality, which resonates with Lino Brocka’s approach to cinematic realism vis-à-vis social critique throughout his filmography spanning from 1970 to 1991. Addressing the research gap in realist film aesthetics and philosophy in Lino Brocka films – initially veering away from the mainstream approaches of sociocultural, political, allegorical, auteur, and genre – will eventually culminate in an enriched understanding of how the said approaches are intricately interwoven in the sensemaking of Lino Brocka as a realist filmmaker. Archival research, meta-analysis and textual analysis are used in reading Brocka films as texts (approached using realist film theory) within their historical contexts (martial law/post- martial law-era Philippines vis-à-vis the development of melodrama and social-realist films), ultimately with a concern for mapping a place for the realist cinema of Lino Brocka in Philippine film studies and film history.

The Lecturer

Joni Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor (on study leave) at the University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) and a PhD Candidate (Film Studies) at the Hong Kong Baptist University. He has presented papers on Lino Brocka in various conferences – Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Asian Congress for Media and Communication (ACMC), etc. – and has written on Philippine cinema in Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society: “Images of the Mother in Lino Brocka Films: 1970-1991” (2009); “Pursuing Sustainability in Filipino Indie Filmmaking” (2011); and “Filipino Indie by Way of Southeast Asian Independent Cinema” (2012). He also authored “Philippines, Migration, 1948 to Present” (2013) in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell), edited by Immanuel Ness. Joni Gutierrez holds a master’s degree in film and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is also a filmmaker – portfolio website: