[Blueboard] Screening of Robert Nery's Black Nazarene

Reneli Ann B. Gloria rgloria at ateneo.edu
Thu Apr 15 08:49:54 PHT 2004

The Australian Embassy, Manila


in cooperation with the


Philippines-Australia Studies Network and Green Papaya Art Projects

presents the screening of


Black Nazarene (95 minutes)

A film by Robert Nery
Produced by Gabrielle Finnan

19 April 2004, Monday, 6:00 p.m.

Escaler Hall, Science and Education Complex Building A

Ateneo de Manila University





Behold the man. Black Nazarene opens in Manila with the procession of a 200-year-old Mexican statue of a black Christ carrying the cross, attended by more than a hundred thousand people. It ends with the nailing to the cross, one after another, of several devotees as part of a passion play which takes place annually on Good Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga. Its many voices include those of the filmmaker, the crucified, the mayor, the parish priest, and the passion play director, providing a counterpoint to the images - poignant, melancholy, grotesque, or wryly comic, but always characteristic of place and time, and of Philippine social life.


Robert Nery will accommodate questions from the audience after the screening.


Born in Quezon City, Philippines, in 1955, Robert Nery grew up on the island of Camiguin, in Manila, and in Cagayan de Oro City. He has lived in Sydney, Australia, since 1974. He graduated from Sydney University with a degree in Social Anthropology. He was editor of the journal Photofile (published by the Australian Centre for Photography) in 1989-1990, and has published film and art criticism in various magazines. His previous works include A Time Sight (16mm, 20 mins) and On A Dark Night (U-matic video, 55 mins), a trilogy comprising En Una Noche Oscura, Recursive Definition, and Slab! He cowrote and coedited I, Eugenia (30 mins, 16mm), directed by Gabrielle Finnane, which won a Dendy award in the 1998 Sydney Film Festival and has been screened in various international film festivals, including the Seattle Women in Cinema Film Festival (1999) and the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (1999).




For inquiries and confirmation, please call 426 6067/68 or 426 6001 loc. 4654 (Reneli)

or send an email to rgloria at ateneo.edu.
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