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PROFILE

Raya Martin

Silent Revisitations of the Colonial Era

By Shanay Jhaveri

Exploring the artifice of the stage, Raya Martin’s film trilogies re-create lost records of cinematic heritage.

Raya Martin on the set of Independencia, 2009, a black-and-white film set in the Philippines in the early 1900s, shot entirely in a studio against artificial backdrops.  Courtesy Raya Martin.

Though still only in his mid-20s, Raya Martin has already directed seven films, all of which have received laudatory notices and distribution beyond the film-festival circuit. He has been a regular at the Cannes Film Festival since 2005 and…

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