The stories about Yolanda’s survival and the fight against its consequences unfold daily. The documentary makers want to continue the conversation as we see in this week’s monthly issue of Daang Dokyu.
Three films about Typhoon Yolanda (international name Hayan) will be screened as part of the current Daang Doku Filipino Documentary Film Festival. These films are programmed not only to recall the tragedy, but also to continue the discussion about the injustices that have taken place around them.
Two films by environmental activist Francis Solaj. These are Balud (2014), which was published from 2 to 8 October 2020, and Himurasak (2017), which will be broadcast from 23 to 29 October 2020. October 2020 at DaangDokyu.com/watchnow.
During Typhoon Yolanda, when the typhoon hit his hometown, Solag was in Brussels where he obtained his master’s degree in documentary film. In response, he embalmed.
Balud, Solares, 2014.
Filmed at home and with the lyrics of a poem from Merly Alunan Sea Stories, Solages completed the film in two days and used it to raise money for his family and loved ones.
It was also one of his methods for dealing with mental and emotional stress. It took six days before news of the safety of his family reached Solaj. Many of its inhabitants have not been spared.
Balud, it’s called Water Snake. It was the year of the water snake, when Yolanda’s typhoon occurred.
His other film, Himurasak, tells the stories of the Taklobalan communities affected by typhoon Yolanda, based on the collective memory and experiences of the residents themselves.
In conversations with survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, he collected information about people who used myths to help them understand what happened to them.
The inhabitants of Ikhachta and Samara believe in the supernatural – in dreams, superstition, ghosts. People believe this saved them, Solajes explains.
Himurasak is a natural warning sign for the inhabitants of Leith and the Samara Islands. It’s when fish are pushed inland as a sign of imminent disaster. People think that the amount of fish the sea will give will be as big as the number of lives it will cost.
The third film also uses myths to reflect on the destructive effects of Typhoon Yolanda.
Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos Joanna Arong (To Calm the Pig Inside / 2020) interweaves intimate stories with those myths that have helped people deal with destruction and destruction.
The film recently won the award for Best International Documentary Film at the 15th International Film Festival. International Short Film Festival in Mexico. She also received a Special Jury Award at the Cinemalaya 2020 Philippine Independent Film Festival and a Special Mention at the 2020 Asian Film Festival in Bangkok, Thailand.
Although Yolanda was seven years ago, I think it is very relevant today, especially during this pandemic, said Mr. Arong.
Listen to our preview of Ang Pagpapakalma sa Unos here
Activism through film
These films remind us all that we have not forgotten the injustices against our people. The injustice didn’t stop when the water calmed down. The wave of injustice continues, Solajes explains.
It highlights the failure of the government and the corruption of civil servants. It also highlights the contribution of the main pollutants. He finds them guilty of climate change.
I hope people see the connection. Even if we’re not victims, we must demand justice. All injustice must stop, he adds.
In addition to these films, the organisers of Daang Dokyu have programmed other films to stimulate debate and discussion on other relevant topics. The festival, which runs until the 5th. The month of November is divided into five sections – Ecology, Nation, Taboo, Places and Future – each lasting one week. Visits are free.
Daang Doku has made several films about disasters and hardships that have become a recurring part of the annual life cycle of the Philippines. We also have Tungkung Langit by Kiri Dalena, who has orphaned two children by Typhoon Sendong, and Pinatubo ABS-CBN : Pagbangon Mula Sa Abo, who directs Noli de Castro, returns to television coverage of the Pinatubo eruption in 1991. On the one hand, we use these films to stimulate discussion about our urgent environmental problems and the urgent need to address these problems throughout society. But just as important, these films are shown alongside stories that reveal the systems and histories that have made the Filipinos eternally vulnerable. This composition and the rest of the Daang Dokyu programme aim to broaden and intersect the notions of history, nation, ecology, culture and technology in order to promote new ways of thinking. As we look at Daang Dokyu in times of pandemic and political uncertainty, we hope that internet users will find useful ideas and an overview.
Viewers also have the opportunity to go deeper into their questions during the festival’s weekly Reality Check conference, where some of the directors are invited to tell more about their films and stories.
Oh, Daan Dokeu.
The festival was initiated by the Philippine Society of Documentary Filmmakers (FilDocs), which was founded by the documentary filmmakers Jewel Maranan, Kara Magsanok-Alikpala, Baby Ruth Villarama and Corinne Jimenez.
This was made possible thanks to the support and cooperation of the Deputy Speaker of the Lower House Lauren Legarda, the National Commission for Culture and Art, the UP Film Institute and the Probe Media Foundation.
Other organizations that support Daang Dokyu Purin Pictures, Japanese Foundation, GMA Network, ABS-CBN, Rappler, iWantTFC, Probe Productions, Phil. Center for Investigative Journalism, Sundance, TokyoDox, British Film Institute, British Council, SOAS University of London, Interested Artists of the Philippines, Adobo Magazine, research.Net, Philippine Directors Guild, QCinema International Film Festival, Sorbetero Group, Capitol JCI Quezon City, Central Digital Laboratory, Butch Jimenez, Chevening Alumni Philippines, Unreel, Film Geek Guy, Geoffreview, SineHub, Cultural Center of the Philippines, EngageMedia, Greenpeace, Culion Foundation, Pelikulove, Philippine LGBT Platform, PHCan and Miriam College.
For more information about the festival, visit daangdokyu.ph.