Portrait of the Filipino as Kidlat Tahimik

Who does not know Kidlat Tahimik? Who is Kidlat Tahimik?

Kidlat Tahimik, to put him in the words of E.M.Forster, stands at a slight angle to the universe. We see him look at it askance, imbibe what his eye perceives, refine what he gets, in the cauldron of his poetic imaginative fire.

We watch him take his stance, finding the country in the culture gulch, in the crossroads of change always about to begin and never begins, being in the grip of what we deem—Japayuki Culture.
In him, the eye, mind, camera, are integral to his cinematographic art; for they function as one entity; for to him the camera is the film’s soul; more than its being the all-seeing eye. However…

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