NITRATE: To the Ghosts of the 75 Lost Philippine Silent Films (1912-1933)
Lost cinema. Lost culture. Lost country. Lost people. How to recreate the past with nothing? Cinema of the impossible. The silent past is a horror film. The smell of nitrate in the morning. How many ghosts can the cinema contain? 75 films. 22 years. What is the numerological significance? Too late. Never too late.
Where do films go when they die? Of course, they do not die, but they can disappear. The reason for the disappearance of films might vary, but it is most certainly attributable to the lack of cultural policy to promote film history and preservation that is prevalent in every country, and the Philippines is no exception. NITRATE: To the Ghosts of the 75 Lost Philippine Silent Films (1912-1933) turns over the expectations of those who want to watch a documentary searching for lost films. Khavn uses remnants and traces of lost films to summon the apparitions of a cinema that no longer are visible or audible, creating a unique audiovisual seance. (Sung MOON)
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