To Calm The Pig Inside / Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos

By Joanna Vasquez Arong

Philippines | In Cebuano with English subtitles | 2020 | 18 min 35 sec | PG

 

To Calm the Pig Inside examines the devastating effects of super typhoon Yolanda on a coastal city in the Philippines, as well as the myths that people tell themselves to cope with deep-seated personal and collective trauma.

 In this essay film, a child tells stories associated with the typhoon, including news reports, fables, first-hand accounts and superstitions. Her narrative accompanies images of a calamity that was compounded by indifference from the central government and the mismanagement of disaster relief. This poetic work presents a sensitive, moving portrait of a community trying to heal.

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

 

Joanna Vasquez Arong (b. 1970, Philippines) is a filmmaker whose works include The Old Fool Who Moved the Mountains, which premiered at the Pusan International Film Festival (2008), and Sunday School, which was commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010). To Calm the Pig Inside won Best Short Documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival (2020) and was nominated for Best Short at the IDA (International Documentary Association) Awards (2021).

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