Storm Children, Book One
Directed by Lav Diaz
Known for films tackling social and political issues in the Philippines, Lav Diaz returns with STORM CHILDREN: BOOK ONE, an unwavering silent documentary about the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. Between the sounds of constant rushing water, cars honking as they drive by and children playing in flooded bodies of water, Diaz lets the stoic and deserted people of the city tell the story. Yet, despite the destruction, sadness and poverty, these “storm children” make the most of the situation. Diaz finds hope within tragedy and uses this film as a message to convey the concerns of his people and that life still continues in the town of Tacloban.
The sounds of rushing water and rain are a constant reminder of the November 2013 disaster, which killed 6,500 people. Despite the devastation, there are scenes of poignant uplifting, including kids playing basketball in the rain and jumping off ships — turning the water, which caused so much damage, into joy.
– Tomio Geron
Co-Presenter: Bindlestiff Studio