Kidlat Tahimik Film /Talk

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"Ay Apo… May Shooting ang BambooCam!," an installation work by filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik is currently on view at the Pasilyo Carlos Francisco (Little Theater Lobby). Composed of various handcrafted figures (sculptures of wood and rattan) the artist focuses on the deep cultural contradictions between mainstream movies (Hollywood–oriented) and truly independent cinema. It stresses the need to film the local story ... using, of course, the Bamboo Camera! (What better technology?)

This CCP installation work was created on the occasion of the awarding to Kidlat Tahimik of the prestigious Fukuoka Prize 2012 for Art and Culture. This honor, (the Japanese equivalent of our Ramon Magsaysay Awards) recognizes achievements of outstanding individuals/organizations who preserve/create the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.

Kidlat Tahimik will present a film-talk on 7 September 2012, 3 to 5 pm at the Dream Theater.
This will include a screening of “Bakit Yellow ang Gitna ng Rainbow.” Particularly, he will discuss the chapter I Am Furious Yellow, playful documentary footages on the impact of Ninoy Aquino’s assassination and the Yellow People Power days in sleepy Baguio. The little known uprising in the last days of the dictatorship in Baguio is framed from his 9-year old son’s point of view.

This film was selected along with the theme of CCP’s current series Piglas, commemorating the 40th year since the declaration of martial law in September 1972. On the sound track, Kidlat, the father tries to explain to Kidlat, the son that the problems of the country pre- and post- martial-law are deeply set in our cultural contradictions. "Ni Ha, Ni Ho" in the words of the late cartoonist Nonoy Marcelo. Do Filipinos really know who they are?

The Fukuoka Prize will be officially conferred on Kidlat Tahimik on 13 September in Fukuoka City, Japan.

September 7, 2012
3:00pm until 5:00pm
Cultural Center of the Philippines, Dream Theater

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