[Articles] | Lav Diaz


Preliminary note: This section shall be a repository of print/online/digital articles featuring Lav Diaz or his his cinema in general arranged in reverse chronology. Much of these writings from the perspective of Diaz-as-auteur or cinema-as-art. Some articles delve on individual films, but only a few articles attempted to problematize Diaz’s films in relation to the global political economy of cinema. HarryTutle’s website served as the baseline bibliography for this section. I am highly indebted to Harry’s effort to create an open-access database on Lav Diaz-related articles/reviews. You may check Harry’s collection here. The citation style used for this section is Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.


  • Mar 14: 

    Nocon, Monchito. 2017. “Philippine Cinema in Focus: Insights on the Industry at Present.” Adobo Magazine. Manila. March. http://adobomagazine.com/ magazine/philippine-cinema-focus-insights-industry-present.

    NOCON: “The recent winning streak of Lav Diaz – his bagging the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice Film Festival for Ang Babeng Humayo; the Silver Bear Alfred Baur Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, for Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis – and Jaclyn Jose’s best actress nod from the Cannes Film Festival for Brillante Mendoza’s Ma Rosa, has again put Philippine cinema on the map and in the spotlight. Not that it hasn’t been making waves already.

    It must be said that Philippine cinema – which is not only limited to the so-called mainstream film industry as we know it – is presently experiencing a renaissance, a resurgence, not just in terms of awards and accolades, but also in diversity of output, richness of subjects and stories being told, as well as with all the new faces – talented and daring – who are driving (or should we say directing?) its growth. And this despite the problems and challenges perennially gnawing at its feet.

  • Feb 24: 

    San Diego, Bayani Jr. 2017. ‘Lav Diaz Docu on Mubi Site’, Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 24. http://entertainment.inquirer.net/216355/lav-diaz-docu-mubi-site


  • Knowles, Kim. 2016. “Slow, Methodical, and Mulled Over: Analog Film Practice in the Age of the Digital.Cinema Journal 55 (2): 146–51. doi:10.1353/cj.2016.0005.

  • Thomson, Chris. 2016. “The 12 Longest Movies You’ll Never Be Able to Watch (873 Mins of Nuclear War, Anyone?).” GamesRadar+. http://www.gamesradar.com/the-12-longest-movies-youll-never-be-able-to-watch/.
    Bibliographic Note: This is an online feature article about the 12 longest movies of all time in terms of running length. It is published in a gaming website called GamesRadar+ and the title tag ‘you’ll never be able to watch’ somehow add a curious effect on the way the article frames ‘running length’. The audience of the online magazine are gamers who are engaged in the usual cultural commodity of Hollywood. The article features four films of Lav Diaz: 4th spot – Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), 7th spot – Death in the Land of Encantos (2007), 8th spot – Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess) (2006) and 10th spot – A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016). The article most likely come from a Wikipedia ‘List of Longest Films‘ under the category Cineamtic films. The article mistakes the films as  ‘experimental films’. Each of the films in the  list does not fall into the experimental category. Some are just long documentaries while others are narrative films like Diaz’s. Also, the article presents the film as a durational challenge and, at the same time, also ironically presents propositions for not watching the films. In summary, this is a clickbait article that presents long duration cinema as objects of otherness, strangeness, and unfamiliarity, trivializing the rather complex and problmeatic position of long duration in today’s world. The article presents these films as endurance challenge, but also offers a way out, a claim not to watch the films.


  • Ingawanij, May Adadol. 2015. “Long Walk to Life: The Films of Lav Diaz.Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry 40 (September): 102–15. doi:10.1086/684220.


  • Carpio, Jan Philippe V. 2010. “Living Time, Surviving Time: An Overview of the Life and Films of Lav Diaz.Encantos. http://postliteraturecinema.blogspot.com/ 2010/02/living-time-surviving-time.html.


  • Tioseco, Alexis. 2007. “Shifting Agendas: The Decay of the Mainstream and Rise of the Independents in the Context of Philippine Cinema.Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 8 (2): 298–303. doi:10.1080/14649370701238771.


  • Steinhart, Daniel. 2006. “Fostering International Cinema: The Rotterdam Film Festival, CineMart, and the Hubert Bals Fund.Mediascape 2 (Spring): 1–13. http://www.tft.ucla.edu/mediascape/Spring06_FosteringInternationalCinema.html.

    “It was here last year that festival-goers encountered the European premiere of Lav Diaz’s epic Evolution of a Filipino Family, which, at 10 hours and 43 minutes, precludes its chances of success in any market. The festival can also present the Rotterdammer the occasion to discover filmmakers before they become famous.”


Articles from Ekran vol. 30 (2005)


my personal copy given by Lav Diaz during shoot of Mike Esteves’ docu on Lav Diaz (condition: detached back and front page)

  • Meden, Jurij. 2005. “Editorial.” Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 35.

  • Ramani, Vinita. 2005. “Desaparecidos – Lav Diaz and the Evolution of a Missing People.Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 36–39.

  • Huber, Christoph. 2005. “(R)evolution of Concrete.Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 39–41.

  • Vera, Noel. 2005. “Portrait of the Anguished as a Filipino.Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 42-45.

  • Diaz, Lav. 2005. “The Aesthetic Challenge of Batang West Side.” Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 46–48.

  • Šprah, Andrej. 2005. “Batang West Side: The Space of Absence and the Site of Resistance.Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 49–54.

  • Bertolin, Paolo. 2005. “(On) Time: Lav’s (R)Evolution.Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 55–59.

  • Tioseco, Alexis. 2005. “Evolution of a Filipino Film (Ebolusyon Ng Isang Pelikulang Pilipino).Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 60–62.

  • Tumbocon, Mauro Feria Jr. 2005. “Lav Diaz’s Ebolusyon, A Rearrangement of a Troubled Landscape.Ekran: Revija Za Film in Televizijo 30 (5–6): 63–65.



  • Concepcion, Pocholo. 1999. “Why Keep Lav Diaz’s Movies out of Sight?The Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 11.