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Afterimage: The Films of Kidlat Tahimik, Indigenius

Sunday, November 18, 2012
2:30 p.m. Home and Abroad with Kidlat Tahimik
Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines, 1990–2006)

In Person/Kidlat Tahimik


Few filmmakers have perfected the personal essay film as well as Tahimik, as this collection of shorter works makes brilliantly clear. Whether befriending rice farmers in Japan and Tibetan porters in the Himalayas, penning video letters to his three sons, or embarking on a “film-grimage” to the oil-spill-ruined island of Guimares, Tahimik proves himself not only a witty essayist, but a wise and wonderful host. Showcasing the rice harvests of Japan and the Philippines, the painstaking trimming of a bamboo temple’s straw roof, or the planting of trees that will not blossom until 2021, Tahimik finds the most wondrous beauty in the most earthly tasks; in these works, creativity is embodied not only in art, but craft. In Roofs of the World, Unite! we also witness a fire that consumed his home, and much of his work, in 2004.

Some More Rice Philippines, 2005, 20 mins, Color, Digital Video, From the artist
Roofs of the World! Unite!  (Bubong!) Philippines, 2006, 20 mins, Color, Digital Video, From the artist
Our Film-grimage to Guimaras (Dalawang Atang at Isang Pasalubong) Philippines, 2005, 10 mins, Color, Digital Video, From the artist
Orbit 50: Letters to My Three SonsPhilippines, 1990–92, 17 mins, Color, Digital Video, From the artist
Celebrating the Year 2021, TodayPhilippines, 1995, 20 mins, Color, Digital Video, From the artist

Total running time: 87 mins