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ABSTRACT

Nuñez, L. D. (2017). Ang Karinderya ni Lisa, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

Lisa is about to become a regular employee at the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) company where she works. Her real dream, however, is to open her own karinderya and this desire fuels her to stay at a job she mildly dislikes. One day, she eavesdrops on her co-workers and learns about undisclosed upcoming cutbacks in her department, putting her job and dream in danger. She decides to step up her performance at work in an attempt to save her job.

The film’s primary framework is Marxism. Marxist theory stipulates that the capitalist as owner of means of production sets the conditions of its workers which the worker has to follow. Without job security, the contractual worker is a disposable piece in this system. The strict conditions of production also place a premium on competition, thereby alienating the worker from other workers. Ultimately, dreams are disposable in a system that dehumanizes workers for cheap labor through competition, a system where the big prey on the small in a “free” market.


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