Spectres of a dictatorship: Law's limit concepts in Lino Brocka's Orapronobis

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Abstract

This article reads Filipino director Lino Brocka's film Orapronobis (1989) as a commentary on the 1987 Philippine Constitution, a post-dictatorship document which the director helped draft as a member of the Philippine Constitutional Commission. Using a 'law and film' approach, the article argues that the film visualises law's limit concepts such as the state of exception, hostis generis humani, and constituent power. The film depicts the failure of words to control the political world that results in a dystopian constitutional order where human rights monsters and revolutionaries contend. Through an exploration of law's limit concepts, Brocka's Orapronobis represents the limits of Philippine constitutionalism. Copyright © 2024 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Early online dateJan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jan 2024

Citation

Bagulaya, J. D. (2024). Spectres of a dictatorship: Law's limit concepts in Lino Brocka's Orapronobis. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022463423000759

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