Bomba Queens and National Development: A Genealogy of the Filipina Cinematic Body

Rolando B. Tolentino


The bomba film is a specific genre that capitalizes on women's bodies as a source of libidinal pleasure and subversion of mainstream ethical standards. How the cinematic body of the Filipina is exploited is examined against the backdrop of national development strategies under three different rules: pre-martial law (1970-1972), martial law (1972-1986) and post-martial law (1986-1998).

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