Nov 9-13, 2017

Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?

with guest director Kidlat Tahimik

Run Time: 174 minutes The Philippines Language:

Synopsis

 

“It is impossible to describe Kidlat Tahimik’s virtually unknown masterpiece, the diary film … Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? that chronicles Tahimik and his young son’s lives as they traverse the tumultuous decade of the 1980s in the Philippines, so let’s just list a few of the things you’ll see in the course of its three hours (which go by far too quickly): a great democratic revolution deposes a dictator; a massive volcanic eruption covers the world in ash; a huge earthquake levels a whole city and social class distinctions as well; Magellan’s slave Enrique circumnavigates the globe (and wins a princess’s heart); storms rage over the gorgeous landscapes of the Philippine cordillera and Monument Valley in the U.S. Southwest; the filmmaker and his son hitch a ride with Dennis Hopper in his old Cadillac; and a tooth is pulled out of little boy’s mouth by a very big toe. That doesn’t even scratch the surface of this vastly rich film, which at once demonstrates just how vital and compelling cinema can be as well as how vital and compelling our very existences can be despite all the disasters and catastrophes—both human-made and natural—that loom from every angle. In an age of rising seas and collapsing economies, I Am Furious Yellow shows us how to be furious at all the injustice in the world, but also how to face that injustice with the utmost joy. There are, indeed, few, if any, films like this in the world” (Christopher Pavsek, Simon Fraser University).

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

“It is impossible to describe Kidlat Tahimik’s virtually unknown masterpiece, the diary film … Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? that chronicles Tahimik and his young son’s lives as they traverse the tumultuous decade of the 1980s in the Philippines, so let’s just list a few of the things you’ll see in the course of its three hours (which go by far too quickly): a great democratic revolution deposes a dictator; a massive volcanic eruption covers the world in ash; a huge earthquake levels a whole city and social class distinctions as well; Magellan’s slave Enrique circumnavigates the globe (and wins a princess’s heart); storms rage over the gorgeous landscapes of the Philippine cordillera and Monument Valley in the U.S. Southwest; the filmmaker and his son hitch a ride with Dennis Hopper in his old Cadillac; and a tooth is pulled out of little boy’s mouth by a very big toe. That doesn’t even scratch the surface of this vastly rich film, which at once demonstrates just how vital and compelling cinema can be as well as how vital and compelling our very existences can be despite all the disasters and catastrophes—both human-made and natural—that loom from every angle. In an age of rising seas and collapsing economies, I Am Furious Yellow shows us how to be furious at all the injustice in the world, but also how to face that injustice with the utmost joy. There are, indeed, few, if any, films like this in the world” (Christopher Pavsek, Simon Fraser University).

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National endowment for the Humanities.

 

Film Details

The Philippines, 1994
Directed by Kidlat Tahimik
Written by Kidlat Tahimik
Cinematography by Kidlat Tahimik and Boy Yniguez
Editing by Kidlat Tahimik
Running time: 174 mins.

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