Prior to our screening of Lino Brocka’s masterpiece, Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, considers how onscreen representations of class, gender, and sexuality in Filipino cinema reflect and respond to changing political climates, and how these representations vary across global cinemas.
Dr. Robert Diaz is an assistant professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research, teaching, and community work focus on the rich intersections between Asian, diasporic, and migratory forms of cultural expression. His scholarship has appeared in leading publications on race, gender, and sexuality. Diaz is also committed to equity and the pursuit of social justice. He has worked with organizations in the greater Toronto area that seek to better the lives of racially marginalized, queer, and Indigenous communities. He is the co-editor of Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries, a groundbreaking collection that foregrounds the contributions of LGBTQ Filipinos to Canadian culture, society, and the arts (17).