Venue: Tentacles Art Space, Bangkok Date: September, 2018
Artists: Lav Diaz (The Philippines)
Programme: Talk and discussion on Hele Sa Hiwangang Hapis (Diaz)
Description: In his 2016 Berlinale award winning 8-hour epic, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) Filipino film auteur Lav Diaz intersects three narratives panning out in the forest, in the wake of the Katipunan Revolution of 1896-97. Akin to the fragmentary and opaque histories the film tackles, the paper argues that the forest too does not thrive as a linear space that can be easily tendered to human enquiries – it is dense and labyrinthine, a meandering landscape playing a dyad of light and dark, known and unknown, visible and invisible.