Philippine Affiliation: De La Salle University, Manila
U.S. Affiliation: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Educational & Professional Background
MAE URTAL CARALDE is a lecturer in the Communication Department at De La Salle University Manila. She is a PhD candidate in Media Studies in the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman, where she obtained her MA in Media Studies (Film) and Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Visual Communication. She finished her high school as a visual arts scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Los Banos, Laguna. She is an independent filmmaker, and her creative works and research interests are focused on women and gender representations, bodies, and martyrdom.
Films & Recognition
Her full-length documentary film entitled YANAN, produced under the German-Franco Independent Film Workshop sponsored by Goethe Institute and Alliance Francaise de Manille, was awarded Best Thesis (Film category) in the 2015 Lourdes Lontok Cruz Award for Best Thesis and Dissertation in Women’s and Gender Studies. The film was also screened in the 2018 Mumbai International Film Festival as part of the special (non-competitive) program entitled “Stories of Love and Struggle: Documentaries by Women in the Philippines”; in the ASEAN Film Festival 2015 "All About Love" at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Bangkok Thailand; in the 2013 Cinemalaya Documentary selection program; and in different UP campuses and communities in the country.
In 2010 she represented the Philippines as Director/Scriptwriter in the ASEAN-ROK Independent Cinema Project where her film, Maya-maya, became part of the omnibus film entitled “RICE, Asean Stories, Weaving Tales,” screened at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival. Her film De Lata also garnered the Breakthrough Film Award in the 2nd Pandayang Lino Brocka Film and New Media Festival, and 3rd Place at the 18th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibing Pelikula at Video.
She has also published her scholarly works in Plaridel, Philippine Journal for Communication, Media, and Society; Philippine Communication Society Journal; and The International Journal of Critical and Cultural Studies. In 2017 she was a visiting scholar at the Universidad de La Salle, Bogota, Colombia for the Summer Academy on Peace Building where she did a series of lectures on Social Media and Peace. Currently, she is working on the completion of her dissertation about necropolitics and the mediation of the political narratives of the nation.