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Video-Palaro: The Video Diaries of Kidlat Tahimik
Produced over 15 years with a commission from the JVC-sponsored Tokyo Video Festival, Kidlat Tahimik’s Video Diaries offers a lovely set of accents to his longer works.
Tropes and themes that recur throughout the director’s career are set in gemlike relief in these brief yet eloquent videos, which include:
A loving reminiscence of fatherhood on the occasion of Tahimik’s 50th birthday; a tree-planting ritual to celebrate the impending 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage; a short documentary on the dying practice of rice terraces, filtered through a homage to Kurosawa; a tribute to the importance of roofs and the strength of bamboo as a building material; and a healing ritual for an oil spill off the island of Guimaras.