HIMURASAK (a Harvest of Souls)
Experimental Documentary / Arthouse
revisit their collective memory
to paint a picture of the apparitions
that saved their lives.
It was the year of the water snake when super typhoon Haiyan entered the Philippines, hitting the islands of Leyte and Samar the hardest. Suddenly, my hometown of Tacloban City was on the world map. My village, where eight ships were washed ashore, had become an instant celebrity.
Now, it’s been more than two years since and the “other” has formed a portrait of the affected communities picking from narratives of losses, deaths, being victims, and tales of resilience. The world called it Haiyan. We continue to call it Yolanda.
As a member of this community, I would like to tell the narrative from within the affected community, from the collective memory and experience of the locals themselves. I would like to contribute to the narrative about the super typhoon by giving weight to the stories that the typhoon didn’t wash out, but instead made larger. These stories characterize our community’s culture and our basis of moving forward. These stories are what remains ingrained in the collective consciousness and will inevitably echo as we move forward.
As an artist, I aspire to take on the challenge of creating my first feature documentary on a subject and place that I cannot escape. I have only started this journey into our inner world beyond words and, a journey which can only be born in the collaboration between oral tradition and film art.
Directed by Panx Tabao Solajes | Produced by Jewel Maranan, Cinema is Incomplete
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