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.
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.
A moving documentary about the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda. Once more, Lav Diaz becomes a responsible artist who uses the medium of film to show utter devastation and just how little has been done to help the victims. Shocking in parts. More about this film on my website: http://iurl.no/k692y
3 & a half raindrops and back flips. The importance of docs can seem to fade with apocalyptic headlines
of a tragedy and its victims. Lav Diaz has dug deeper into the detritus of Typhoon Yolanda left behind in the Philippines community of Tacloban unearthing a spent human will on one hand, and an enormous
spirit of that verb "to live" on the other. Storm Children, Book One is humanist scripture.
The incredibly patient lens of Lav Diaz does more than show us images. He offers us the time to feel what people are experiencing. This style of documentation is more about feelings than facts. As in FLORENTINA HUBALDO, CTE, there is a lot of time spent digging for treasure that isn't there. Diaz shows us that the treasure is time.
Like a photojournalistic book, in film. I wonder if anyone watches without hitting fast forward. But that doesn't matter - just like the freedom to spend 10 mins looking at a page, or to skip, you have freedom to look for as long as you want. I skipped some bits, and rewatched others, and was rather non-linear. A great advantage of streaming. The dialogue was powerful, the images fascinating. Repetitive, detailed.