Anthology Film Archives


October 26 – October 30

Anthology is overjoyed to host the inimitable Kidlat Tahimik, one of the godfathers of Filipino cinema, for a comprehensive retrospective of his strange and wonderful films, most of which have remained completely invisible in North America. Tahimik made a triumphant entrance onto the world cinema stage in the late 70s/early 80s with the appearance of his feature films PERFUMED NIGHTMARE and TURUMBA, which remain two of the most uncategorizable, formally audacious, profoundly entertaining, deeply whimsical, yet politically incisive films in post-colonial cinema. Since then, Tahimik’s work has had very little exposure in North America, even as he has been busier than ever, focusing his boundless energy on a series of adventures, projects, and films ranging from the epic to the compact to the fragmentary. With a sensibility at once mischievously comic, passionately committed, and irresistibly oddball, Tahimik is almost guaranteed to be your new favorite filmmaker!

Co-organized by Aily Nash & Juan Daniel Molero. Special thanks to Kidlat Tahimik, and to Les Blank (Flower Films), Kazuyuki Yano & Haruka Hama (Cinematrix), Takahashi Echigoya (Aichi Arts Center), Blake Bertuccelli, Kathy Geritz (Pacific Film Archive), David Pendleton & Haden Guest (Harvard Film Archive), and Peggy Ahwesh.

This series is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (,

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