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THE MOOD if a number of telltale signs are to be interpreted correctly is generally optimistic insofar as the fate of local movies is concerned Recent developments in the field can possibly bring about much-needed relief to the otherwise distressed movie industry But perhaps more than instantaneous relief they herald the advent of change which can only come about after a cleansing of ranks the institution of radical reform and then and only then can Philippine cinema finally see the light of day A different kind of purge is also sweeping the ranks of the Film Academy of the Philippines the bastion of the industrys continued resistance to change This was brought about by the recent FAP Awards that caused the shut-out of Marilou Diaz Abayas Rizal allegedly instigated by guild members who deliberately snubbed her film during the FAPs voting Through an investigation called for to determine the culprit Espiridion Laxa of the Philippine Movie Producers Association has vowed to reprimand the members as a disciplinary sanction While a simple reprimand may be a solution it strikes me as unwise if not totally nonsensical Politics has all these years ripped the Academy apart resulting in various factions with vested interests to protect The problem is ostensibly more serious and deeper than the awards themselves It strikes into the very heart and soul of an industry that has refused to professionalize and unite its ranks I have repeatedly voiced my strong objections to a nonwriting body of so-called critics and critics openly consorting with movie folk The purge must begin by ridding the Manunuris of bad elements beginning with those who benefit from their incestuous dealings with movie producers A more visible sign that Filipino movies are on the rebound is the presence of new blood among the present crop of film makers While I do not pin my last remaining hope on the resurgence of more
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