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‘Yolanda’ docu wins in North Korea, Russia

/ 12:11 AM September 29, 2016
“PARAISO” shows foreign audiences the resilience of Filipinos.

“PARAISO” shows foreign audiences the resilience of Filipinos.

A DOCUMENTARY on Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) scores a back-to-back win in North Korea and Russia.

Nash Ang’s “Paraiso” won the Special Festival Prize at the recent 15th Pyongyang International Film Festival in North Korea. Ang personally received the award from the chair of the Korea Film Import and Export Corp. at Taedongmum Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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NASH Ang in Pyongyang

NASH Ang in Pyongyang

According to its website, the biennial fest “welcomes films from all over the world” and seeks to promote “independence, peace and friendship.” The event also aims “to break new ground in cinema by promoting [cultural] exchange and cooperation” among different filmmakers.

Ang told the Inquirer: “I am glad that my docu was shown in North Korea and that it received positive feedback from the audience. The theater was packed with Koreans, who rarely get the chance to watch foreign movies.”

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From North Korea, Ang traveled to Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia, to attend the recent 15th Baikal International Festival of Documentary and Popular-Science Films, where “Paraiso” won the Mass Media Jury Award.

The Baikal fest is envisioned by organizers as “a platform to make people think about the relationship of mankind and nature … and raise environmental awareness” through cinema.

Ang jokingly compared himself to an amateur singing contestant, “traveling from one barangay to the next, to compete in town fiestas.”

The young filmmaker, however, won awards in two countries that seldom show Filipino movies.

He recounted that, in spite of the cultural differences, the Russians were “intrigued” by the docu.

“They got surprised that Filipinos rebuilt their homes on their own, using scrap wood and other materials found in the debris. In Russia, survivors would almost always rely on government.”

“Paraiso” follows several young survivors of “Yolanda,” the world’s strongest storm, one month after the calamity that occurred in 2013.

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SCENE from “Paraiso”

SCENE from “Paraiso”

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