On Saturday 4 March, the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) will host the first international symposium exploring the significance of Diaz’s films and mode of artistic practice.

The symposium features theoretical and practice research on Diaz’s works. It signals the importance of a multidisciplinary frame for thinking about Diaz’s aesthetics and practice in terms of both their singularity and their location, ground and context.

Speakers range from those working in film theory and criticism, film-philosophy, curatorial practice, anthropology and political theory. Divergent presentations will reflect on the challenges that Diaz’s works pose to the conceptualisation of cinematic temporality, space, materiality, spectatorship and realism, and to theorisation of the limit and potential of the idea of cinema in the digital age.

A key aim of the symposium is to establish compelling new avenues for placing Diaz’s artistic practice. Beyond contextualising Diaz’s practice and the aesthetics of his films in relation to the political history of the Philippines, speakers will suggest points of connection with diasporic and migratory flows, art history, metaphysics, and ritual forms. The symposium will also approach Diaz’s works and practice with a view to identifying moments and methods for tracing regional resonance and articulating global concerns.

The symposium coincides with the final week of the Lav Diaz: Journeys exhibition at London Gallery West, incorporating special screenings and artist’s talks.

Symposium Schedule

The symposium takes place on Saturday 4 March, 10am–6pm in room UG05 on the University's Regent Street Campus.

9.30am: Registration, tea and coffee

10am: Introduction

10.15–1.30am: Panel 1

  • Eva Bentcheva (SOAS), ‘Reading Lav Diaz’s Films through Philippine Visual Art History’
  • Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn (QMUL), ‘Lav Diaz: Suggestions for Future Studies from Ecological Perspective’
  • Discussant: Michael Maziere (University of Westminster)

11.30am–12.45pm: Panel 2

  • Michael Guarneri (Northumbria University), ‘Freedom is a Long Shot: Lav Diaz and the Never-Ending Struggle of the "Native Intellectual"’
  • William Brown (University of Roehampton), ‘Evolution of a Filipino Family and/as Non-Cinema’
  • Discussant: Michael Goddard (University of Westminster)

12.45–2pm: Lunch

2–3.15pm: Panel 3

  • Parichay Patra (independent scholar), ‘Jesus, Magdalene and the Filipino Judas: Lav Diaz and his ‘Artless’ Epics’
  • Cristina Juan (SOAS), ‘Lav and the Linambay: Catholic-Animist Aesthetics and the Films of Lav Diaz’
  • Discussant: Julian Ross (University of Westminster)

3.15-4.30pm: Panel 4

  • Rebecca Shatwell (AV Festival), ‘As Slow as Possible: Lav Diaz at AV Festival’
  • May Adadol Ingawanij (University of Westminster), ‘Art, Life and Nation Once Again’
  • Discussant: Lucy Reynolds (University of Westminster)

4.30-4.45pm: Tea and coffee

4.45-6pm: Book project presentation by Parichay Patra and roundtable discussion

6pm: Drinks reception

Download speakers’ abstracts and biographies here.


The price for the symposium is £15 for full-time waged and pay if you can for students, unwaged, precarious workers. A suggested contribution is £5. The event is free to staff and students of the University of Westminster.

Please register to attend the symposium.


The following screenings are upcoming as part of the Lav Diaz: Journeys exhibition:

The Woman Who Left (2016, 226 minutes)

Inspired by Tolstoy’s God Sees the Truth, But Waits. A woman wrongly imprisoned is released after 30 years and goes in search of the man who put her there. 

  • Friday 3 March–Sunday 12 March, 10am and 3pm daily at London Gallery West, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3TP
  • Theis is a free screening, is open to all and no booking is required
  • More information can be found on the London Gallery West website.

Special 35mm cinema screening of Batang West Side (2001, 315 minutes) followed by Q&A with Lav Diaz

A young Filipino-American is shot dead on West Side Avenue in Jersey City. A detective, himself a Filipino, carries out an investigation that turns into an examination of the soul of the Filipino diaspora. The newly color-corrected 35mm print was created by the Austrian Film Museum and Synchro Film, Video & Audio laboratory in Vienna, in close collaboration with Lav Diaz – and in memory of Alexis Tioseco (1981–2009) and Nika Bohinc (1979–2009). 

  • Sunday 5 March, 1pm at Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
  • This special screening will be followed by a Q&A with Lav Diaz in person.

Tickets are available from the Regent Street Cinema website.

Artist's talk

Diaz and the exhibition curators in conversation about his new film The Woman Who Left

  • Tuesday 7 March, 2pm
  • Discourse Space, London Gallery West, Watford Road, Harrow, MIddlesex HA1 3TP
  • This is a free event, is open to all and no booking is required.

More information

Please note that events take place across the University's Regent and Harrow campuses. Check each listing for details.

Please contact [email protected]ac.uk with any questions.