Film Critics killed in Manila

Senseless and at times meaningless

alexis02We have to bring some really sad news. The Southeast Asian film world is in shock following news that two of the industry’s leading critics Filipino-Canadian critic Alexis Tioseco and Slovenian journalist stationed in the Manila Nika Bohinc, were shot dead by burglars at their Manila home.

The state of affairs has certainly put many people in disarray. Both of who were known to arrange festival programmes and critiquing workshops were shot several times. Tioseco is known in the western world for the championing of many of the independent work coming from the country.

Bohinc, a 29 year old critic and former editor of Slovenian film magazine Ekran, had been working as a freelance journalist in Manila with her partner. This is surely sad day for the workers who prove time and again cinema is not just a medium of mediocrity and also challenge the limited nature of its form. Here is one of the most beautiful letters I have read on his long distance love for Pilipino cinema. I m pretty sure loads of you will relate to this man of interesting words.

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John has a keen sense of what ticks in the world of film. He can also be seen in three distinct short film titled Woken Shell, The Tea Shop in the Moon and The Waiting. Cinema has been the basic diet he has been on for the last 10 years. His personality can be judged by the choices of his films.


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