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24 Mar 2016
“The genius of the indigenous culture is still within us. We just have to recognise it, and let it flow out.” Kidlat Tahimik
Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III is the ultimate home-movie historical epic and the conclusion of Kidlat Tahimik’s long-cherished dream of making a film about the real history of Enrique of Malacca, who became a slave of Ferdinand Magellan, and who might well have been the first man to circumnavigate the world in 1519-1521.
He began shooting the film in the 1980s, and worked intermittently on it for over 35 years until he finally resumed the shooting in 2013. The filmmaker assembles his footage in a powerful work of self-archaeology (the film starts with a box of film rolls being dug up from the ground) in order to reconstitute and share a forgotten story, thus reinstating a rich cultural heritage and fully embodying the essence of the “indi-genius” so important to his artistic and world vision.
Balikbayan # 1 - Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III, dir. Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines 2015, 150 mins. English, Tagalog, Spanish with English subtitles.
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