Join us for a screening of Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow (1994), a long-form collage film exploring a decade of American neocolonialism in the Philippines and the US. Filtering a wide range of political and cultural concerns through an intensely personal and familial lens, this is the central film in Tahimik’s cinematic cosmology.
Director, actor, screenwriter and producer Kidlat Tahimik is also called “the father of the Philippine independent film“. The founder of the “Philippine New Wave“ and an influential commentator on postcolonialism and the inequality of power in the world, who has been discovered to the West by Werner Herzog claiming that Tahimik’s films from the seventies can be considered as the most open-minded works of their times. And together with Francis Ford Copolla, Herzog helped him to present his most famous, partly autobiographic work Perfumed Nightmare. His mixture of diary film, documentary techniques and cinematic essay have already become a film classic. Since his debut, Kidlat Tahimik has earned a reputation of an inventor, whose sharp critique of the gap between the rich and the poor and other social issues builds on gentle humour, ordinariness as well as a passion for children’s games and word puns.