BALIKBAYAN #1 MEMORIES OF OVERDEVELOPMENT REDUX III

by Kidlat Tahimik
BALIKBAYAN #1 MEMORIES OF OVERDEVELOPMENT REDUX III

Informations

Nation: Philippines

Year: 2015

Length: 140'

33° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

Enrique, a native of the Philippines enslaved by Ferdinand Magellan, participated to the circumnavigation of the world and was perhaps the first person to complete his master’s journey after his death. In 1980, Kidlat Tahimik started shooting a film (which he never completed) about Enrique, playing the role himself. He brought the project back to light in 2013 to see what had happened in the meantime, and also to go back to the Ifugao province in search of the truth about a long-forgotten historical figure. The result of the research was a film that is both an epic, a reflection on colonialism, and a work on cinematographic memory and a population’s identity.

Director

Kidlat Tahimik

Kidlat  Tahimik

Kidlat Tahimik (Baguio City, Philippines, 1942) between 1958 and 1963, he first studied mechanical engineering, then speech communication and theatre arts at the University of the Philippines. In the 1960s, he lived in the United States, earning an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Between 1968 and 1972, Tahimik worked in Paris for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the early 1970s, he began writing. After a stay in Germany, where he collaborated with Werner Herzog, among other people, he returned to the Philippine, where he’s still living, in 1975 and began work on his first film, The Perfumed Nightmare (1977). He is considered one of the artistic master of modern Filipino cinema.

Filmography:
Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare, 1977), Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo? Sinong Lumikha ng Moon Buggy? (Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy?, 1979), Olympic Gold (1981), Yanki: Made in Hongkong (1982), Turumba (1983), Memories of Overdevelopment (1984), I Am Furious Yellow (1987), Takadera Mon Amour (1989), Orbit 50 (Letters to My Three Sons) (1992), Bakit Yellow ang Gitna ng Bahaghari? (Why Is Yellow Middle of Rainbow?, 1994), Our Bomb Mission to Hiroshima (1995), Bahag ko, Mahal ko (Japanese Summers of a Filipino Fundoshi, 1996), Banal-Kahoy (Holy Wood, 2000), Aqua Planet (2003), Some More Rice (2005), Tatlong Atang at Isang Pagnakaw (2005), Bubong (Roofs of the World! Unite!, 2007), Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III (2015).

Cast and Credits

regia, scenografia/director, production design
Kidlat Tahimik
fotografia/cinematography
Boy Yniguez, Lee Briones, Abi Lara, Santos Bayucca, Kidlat de Guia, Kawayan de Guia, Kidlat Tahimik
montaggio/film editing
Charlie Fugunt, Abi Lara, Chuck Gutierrez, Clang Sison, Malaya Camporedondo
costumi/costume design
Katrin de Guia
musica/music
Los Indios de Espana, Shanto
suono/sound
Ed de Guia
interpreti/cast
Kidlat Tahimik, George Steinberg, Kawayan de Guia, Wigs Tysman, Katrin de Guia, Kabunyan de Guia, Danny Orquico, Marlies V. Brevern, Mitos Benitez, Marita Manzanillo, Jeff Cohen, Craig Scharlin
produzione/production
Voyage Studios


contatti/contacts
Kidlat Tahimik
libhrty@gmail.com

Director statement

“When I started churning my 16mm Bolex Camera in 1979, I expected completion within four or five years. Since I had gotten used to filming sans script, I knew it would take time for the story to evolve. We know very little about Enrique the slave aside from seven sentences (in the journal of the voyage) depicting him as an interpreter speaking the language of the islanders. This was in contrast to volumes about Master Magellan in academic write­ups and biographical novels... and perhaps in some obscure forgotten film.”

Synopsis Learn more

Enrique, a native of the Philippines enslaved by Ferdinand Magellan, participated to the circumnavigation of the world and was perhaps the first person to complete his master’s journey after his death. In 1980, Kidlat Tahimik started shooting a film (which he never completed) about Enrique, playing the role himself. He brought the project back to light in 2013 to see what had happened in the meantime, and also to go back to the Ifugao province in search of the truth about a long-forgotten historical figure. The result of the research was a film that is both an epic, a reflection on colonialism, and a work on cinematographic memory and a population’s identity.

Director All about direction

Kidlat Tahimik

Kidlat  Tahimik

Kidlat Tahimik (Baguio City, Philippines, 1942) between 1958 and 1963, he first studied mechanical engineering, then speech communication and theatre arts at the University of the Philippines. In the 1960s, he lived in the United States, earning an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Between 1968 and 1972, Tahimik worked in Paris for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the early 1970s, he began writing. After a stay in Germany, where he collaborated with Werner Herzog, among other people, he returned to the Philippine, where he’s still living, in 1975 and began work on his first film, The Perfumed Nightmare (1977). He is considered one of the artistic master of modern Filipino cinema.

Filmography:
Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare, 1977), Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo? Sinong Lumikha ng Moon Buggy? (Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy?, 1979), Olympic Gold (1981), Yanki: Made in Hongkong (1982), Turumba (1983), Memories of Overdevelopment (1984), I Am Furious Yellow (1987), Takadera Mon Amour (1989), Orbit 50 (Letters to My Three Sons) (1992), Bakit Yellow ang Gitna ng Bahaghari? (Why Is Yellow Middle of Rainbow?, 1994), Our Bomb Mission to Hiroshima (1995), Bahag ko, Mahal ko (Japanese Summers of a Filipino Fundoshi, 1996), Banal-Kahoy (Holy Wood, 2000), Aqua Planet (2003), Some More Rice (2005), Tatlong Atang at Isang Pagnakaw (2005), Bubong (Roofs of the World! Unite!, 2007), Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III (2015).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, scenografia/director, production design
Kidlat Tahimik
fotografia/cinematography
Boy Yniguez, Lee Briones, Abi Lara, Santos Bayucca, Kidlat de Guia, Kawayan de Guia, Kidlat Tahimik
montaggio/film editing
Charlie Fugunt, Abi Lara, Chuck Gutierrez, Clang Sison, Malaya Camporedondo
costumi/costume design
Katrin de Guia
musica/music
Los Indios de Espana, Shanto
suono/sound
Ed de Guia
interpreti/cast
Kidlat Tahimik, George Steinberg, Kawayan de Guia, Wigs Tysman, Katrin de Guia, Kabunyan de Guia, Danny Orquico, Marlies V. Brevern, Mitos Benitez, Marita Manzanillo, Jeff Cohen, Craig Scharlin
produzione/production
Voyage Studios


contatti/contacts
Kidlat Tahimik
libhrty@gmail.com

Director statement Read more

“When I started churning my 16mm Bolex Camera in 1979, I expected completion within four or five years. Since I had gotten used to filming sans script, I knew it would take time for the story to evolve. We know very little about Enrique the slave aside from seven sentences (in the journal of the voyage) depicting him as an interpreter speaking the language of the islanders. This was in contrast to volumes about Master Magellan in academic write­ups and biographical novels... and perhaps in some obscure forgotten film.”