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The Utopia of FilmCinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik$
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Christopher Pavsek

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160995

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160995.001.0001

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Kidlat Tahimik’s “Third World Projector”

Kidlat Tahimik’s “Third World Projector”

(p.78) 2 Kidlat Tahimik’s “Third World Projector”
The Utopia of Film

Christopher Pavsek

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes the notion of the Third World, and examines Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik's Perfumed Nightmare (1977), Turumba (1983), and I Am Furious Yellow (1981–1991). The term Third World became a metaphor for Tahimik's politics and aesthetics, for as the product of colonial and imperial history, the notion of the Third World marks the failure of the resistance to colonial occupation—a failure from which Tahimik insists that one must learn just as one must learn from the breadth of the imperfect historical legacies of colonialism. Tahimik's masterpiece, I Am Furious Yellow, is a diary film that chronicles the momentous decade from 1981 to 1991 that saw the rise of the People Power movement, the deposing of Ferdinand Marcos, and the accession to power of Corazon Aquino.

Keywords:   Third World, Kidlat Tahimik, Perfumed Nightmare, Turumba, I Am Furious Yellow, colonialism

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