Session 12: Straying on Track – Special event and screening with Kidlat Tahimik

“Making a film is like taking a long trip”

Image courtesy Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Marian Stefanowski


Wednesday 23 March 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 [Map]
Free event

At this special event, filmmaker and artist Kidlat Tahimik will look back over his wide-ranging forty-year career and discuss with the audience his original working methods – which he defines as a way of “straying on track” – and his uniquely personal filmmaking style and world-vision, which Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe once described as “opening windows onto the cosmos”. Kidlat Tahimik’s role as a cultural and political activist in the Philippines will be discussed, and a selection of short films made by Tahimik between 1992 and 2006 will be shown, offering a way to understand the continuous journey his life, work and film-making followed during those years.

N.B. Kidlat Tahimik will no longer be able to attend in person, but will join the audience via Skype.

Video-Palaro: The Video Diaries of Kidlat Tahimik

Orbit 50: Letters to My Three Sons, Philippines / Japan, 1990–92, Digital, colour, 17 minutes
Celebrating the Year 2021, Today, Philippines, 1995, Digital, colour, 24 minutes
Some More Rice, Philippines, 2000, Digital, colour, 19 minutes
Bubong! Roofs of the World! Unite!, Philippines, 2006, Digital, colour, 20 minutes
Our Film-grimage to Guimaras, Philippines, 2005, Digital, colour, 10 mins

“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.” (Jason Sanders, Film Notes, Pacific Film Archives)

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, and with thanks to Tobias Hering and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Goethe-Institut London.

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