How do you guys get to see these films? I have been trying to see some filipino cinema, especially the Brocka films like Manilla in the claws of light, insiang, and jaguar, but I can't find a place to get them or see them. I live in nyc by the way. If anyone knows a good resource I would really appreciate the help.
I saw Perfumed Nightmare
at NYU -- just last week in fact -- but that doesn't really help you unless you're a student. You might try the NYPL, but I haven't looked into their stock of Filippino films at all. Also, there's likely a Filiippino enclave somewhere in the city where you might pick something up, but one can only guess about subtitles and such.
I personally didn't care for Perfumed Nightmare, but I also saw a version that used non-sync sound and voiceover. I don't know if this is really how the film was shot, but it was a little too Borom Sarret (by Ousmane Sembene) in strategy, that it lost the "inventiveness" credentials that are often attached to this film, for me anyway.
This is the version that I saw (and liked a lot). I think it's probably the only translated version available, but I think the post-synch is actually quite clever (and funny, and intentional). There's something in Tahimik's speaking for
everyone in the film that says a lot about traditional ethnographic film practice. It's also the source of much of the comedy in the film -- like the pseudo-American gumball machine magnate. And it's another layer of the film's sleight of hand, making Kidlat seem more primitive and naïve than he actually is. It makes the film sort of like Trinh Minh-ha with a sense of humor.