Roland Tolentino on the horror film franchise Shake Rattle & Roll

Join the Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group for a guest lecture by Professor Roland Tolentino, visiting faculty member for the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies for spring 2016.

Professor Tolentino's talk looks into the most successful horror franchise in Philippine history. Shake, Rattle and Roll has had a successful 14-film run since its introduction in 1984, and is composed of a three-part segment, each tackling horrific experiences in provincial and city settings. This lecture maps out the narratives and the social and political contexts of the series. Specifically, the period beginning 1984 marks a series of national transition: the political crisis of the Marcoses, People Power I, the rise of Corazon Aquino, the economic crises in 1997 and 2007, the ousting of Joseph Estrada, the rise of neoliberalism, the coming of Noynoy Aquino, and the incarceration of Gloria Arroyo. How might these films also be read as analogs of the anxieties of the nation?

Roland Tolentino is Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and faculty of the University of the Philippines Film Institute.  He has taught at Osaka University and the National University of Singapore, has been a Distinguished Visitor at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of California, Los Angeles Southeast Asian Studies Consortium, and a recipient of the Obermann Summer Research Fellowship.  He is the author of National/Transnational: Subject Formation and Media in and on the Philippines (Ateneo University Press, 2001), and the editor of positions’ special issue “Vaginal Economy: Cinema and Sexuality in the Post-Marcos Post-Brocka Philippines” ( 2011), and Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures (Ateneo University Press, 2002).  He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group) and chairs the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP).

Event details
Date: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
370 Dwinelle