The article maps out a political place for positions based on the idea of “writing to the future” or a political wager on the future precisely because of the valences of failure in the present. Using Alain Badiou's idea of truth and the state, and citing the conditions in the Philippines, the academic discourse has shifted from critique of to collaboration with the state. The article then draws from the cultural production of independent digital cinema—representing the most abject of subaltern identities and conditions—to show the limits and possibilities of wagering on the future.

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