Insurrecto’s genuis lies in both its dazzling structure and its rich textured account of the Philippines' complicated history. Formally playful, morally serious, the heart of the novel is the 1901 Balangiga massacre by US forces. Unlikely travelling companions American filmmaker Chiara and her Filipina translator Magsalin travel across Duterte’s Philippines to make a film about the massacre: their dueling perspectives become the prism through which Gina Apostol delivers extraordinary interlocking narratives on history, truth and storytelling.
Chair: Sharon Davis
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Gina Apostol won the Philippines National Book Award for each of her first two novels and her third won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award. Her latest novel, Insurrecto, was named by Publishers’ Weekly as one of the Ten Best Books of 2018.
Sharon Davis is a four-time Walkley award winning documentary producer and journalist whose body of work in television, radio and print spans more than 25 years. Most recently she developed and produced a new podcast "The Monthly Hour" for Schwartz Media.
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