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Storm Children, Book One

Mga Anak ng Unos, Unang Aklat

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2014
Documentary
  • Tagalog
  • English, Italian
It's About Time: The Cinema of Lav Diaz

Synopsis

The Philippines is the most storm-battered country in the world. In 2013 Typhoon Yolanda, considered the strongest storm in history, struck the Philippines, leaving in its path apocalyptic devastation. A few months later, Lav Diaz visited Tacloban Island to film children lives in the aftermath.

Our take

Lav Diaz’s majestically patient storytelling invests his infrequent documentaries with unusual concentration and power. The historical and psychic devastation of his epic dramas here becomes bracingly physical when focused on the detritus and poignant survival of children after Typhoon Yolanda.

Storm Children, Book One Directed by Lav Diaz
[Diaz] has continued to make his own cinema, image-making in the purest sense, free from the niggling issues that undermined his previous two excursions into narrative features, Norte, the End of History and From What Is Before, while almost entirely eschewing hallmarks of traditional non-fiction filmmaking. It’s a mesmerising, beautiful film that wordlessly transmits its vision while also playing with Diaz’s continual fascination with time and duration.
August 19, 2015
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Arguably uncomfortable is the convergence of the aesthetic glory on display and the desperation and pain it is built upon… Their unusual configuration and co-presentation whip up a whirlpool of genres and styles, including Constructivism, Surrealism, the carnivalesque, sci-fi, verite, minimalism, horror, and tragedy. Not much happens; everything happens.
February 12, 2015
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Late in the film, an interview reveals what the kids are actually doing and why they’re so alone, which Diaz gives his viewers after almost two hours of just allowing us the space and time to watch, experience and think. This is radical reportage and proof of the enduring ability of captured images to open up our perceptual pathways.
January 09, 2015
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