An anthology of essays about Philippine cinema. Takes off from the post-World War II detente foreign policy of the United States to illuminate issues of transparency of power and power relations. Seeks to answer questions like: How has the visible image been constructed such that it implicates issues of colonial, imperial, and nationalist representations and discourses? How has geopolitics, the mobilization of a global discourse of capital, liberal democracy, and modernity been rendered in the Philippines?
Published in 2000. Second printing 2006. Finalist, 2000 National Book Award, for Film Criticism. Winner, 2002 Gintong Aklat Award, for Art.