K ALAKALA (2012), by Khavn de la Cruz, video, 71 min, Philippines
The North American premiere of a new “film opera” by Manila-based director Khavn De La Cruz, who will be present for a Q&A following the screening and to provide live piano accompaniment during the video.
“Eight days before Christmas, Typhoon Sendong ravaged a small city in the northern coastline of the Philippines, burying most of it in water. 8,128 families displaced; almost 5000 dead; at least a thousand missing, most of them presumed to have been drwned alive. Three weeks after, a man is found walking around the city in broad daylight, a dead “baby” in his arms. He wanders around the business district, dogged by local who wondered, sympathized, empathized. Following the ghost of his wife, he walks on until he reaches a river and drowns himself.’ – Khavn
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