CINEMALAYA HONORS KIDLAT TAHIMIK
PIONEERING independent filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik will receive the Cinemalaya Gawad Balanghai for Outstanding Contribution to Philippine Independent Cinema at the 10th Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Kidlat Tahimik, whose name is Tagalog for silent lightning and also formerly known as Eric de Guia, is acknowledged by fellow filmmakers and critics as the “Father of Philippine Independent Cinema”. Tahimik is a consummate filmmaker. He is a film director, actor, scriptwriter, film editor, cinematographer, visual and performance artist and educator.
An advocate of “indigenous and avante-garde concepts” in the filmmaking process, his marked contribution to the development of alternative Filipino Films has been widely-recognized.
His film “Mababangong Bangungot” (Perfumed Nightmares, 1975) was shown in over 20 film festivals abroad. It also premiered in New York City, at the James Agee Cinema through the support of Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios. The film also received the International Film Critics Jury Prize (FIPRESCI Award) at the Berlin Film Festival.
His film Turumba, won Best Third World Film at the 1983 Mannheim Film Festival; while his ‘found footage film’ “Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?” became the Closing Film of the Yamagata Documentary Film Festival in 1991. He also received the Film Achievement Award from the Film Academy of the Philippines.
In 2005, Kidlat Tahimik was named one of the Asian artists in the Venice Biennale Arts Festival where he introduced his “Mababangong Bangungot” with his installation art piece called “A Tale of Two Goddesses of the Wind: Inhabian of Ifugao and Marilyn Monroe of Hollywood. He was juror at the 2007 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, and Opening Speaker on “Using Culture to Fight Global Homogenization” at the University of Tokyo.
In 2008, he received the Natatanging Gawad Award from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. In 2009, he was honored with the Gawad Plaridel for Independent Film, the sole award in the University of the Philippines System given to outstanding media practitioners. In 2012, he was named Laureate of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize for his “contribution to the global filmmaking culture..for his unique style of presenting a distinctively Filipino combination of third-world, self-consciousness and pride, wrapping this up in his own individual sense of humor.”
The Cinemalaya Gawad Balanghai is being given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation for the first time, on the occasion of the Cinemalaya Film Festival’s 10th anniversary.
“This is a milestone year for us. While Cinemalaya, in its first 10 years, has contributed to the development and promotion of Philippine independent cinema, we also take cognizance of the fact that there are many individuals and organizations that have likewise been instrumental to the rise of the independent film movement in our country.” Cinemalaya Foundation president Nestor O. Jardin said. “The Cinemalaya Balanghai Award is our way of recognizing their achievements. Kidlat Tahimik gave the movement impetus through his pioneering efforts.”
Tahimik’s Memories of Overdevelopment (Unang Balikbayan) will be screened on August 8, 12:25 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater.
Cinemalaya X, as this year’s edition of the Festival is billed, is now ongoing until August 8 at the CCP and Ayala Cinemas in Greenbelt Makati, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma and Fairview Terraces in Quezon City.