A delicate look into loss and adolescence. With stark black-and-white photography and barely any dialogue, Lav Diaz shows the effects of a deadly storm in the Philippines. Through his patient, controlled pace, he seamlessly switches subjects and locations, painting for us various contrasts between man and nature.
Just as waste floats freely along the river, cars roam endlessly along the narrow roads. As trash continues to pile up in the streets, the rain continues to pour down on it. And just as the storm takes away lives, the Filipino people continue to survive. To live.
Storm Children, Book One is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Behind its long, slow pace is a story of empathy, human connection, and hope.
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