Batanes: A Documentary on the Environment in the Philippines

Batanes: A Documentary on the Environment in the Philippines

Visiting the Philippines’ northernmost island, Batanes, the documentary discovers a world of “hiwaga,” or enchantment, wrapping the island’s human, physical and spiritual ecologies. While documenting the Ivatan fishing practice called “mataw” fishing, the documentary strays into the world of native shamanism, whose power to divine through symbols human-nature relations, and provides a unique insight on how ordinary people are able to co-habit and preserve the natural world together with unseen spirits. Through a belief system that gives primacy to “danas” and “senyales,” the documentary opens up to new perspectives in looking at nature as an environment where humans and non-humans co-exist in an ecology that binds everyone and everything together.

Batanes: A Documentary on the Environment in the Philippines

Synopsis

Visiting the Philippines’ northernmost island, Batanes, the documentary discovers a world of “hiwaga,” or enchantment, wrapping the island’s human, physical and spiritual ecologies. While documenting the Ivatan fishing practice called “mataw” fishing, the documentary strays into the world of native shamanism, whose power to divine through symbols human-nature relations, and provides a unique insight on how ordinary people are able to co-habit and preserve the natural world together with unseen spirits. Through a belief system that gives primacy to “danas” and “senyales,” the documentary opens up to new perspectives in looking at nature as an environment where humans and non-humans co-exist in an ecology that binds everyone and everything together.

Description

DSC_23152012/Digital Documentary/70 mins/English Narration w/subtitles

Sc/D: Nick Deocampo
EP: The Nippon Foundation, Tatsuya Tanami, API Regional Committee
AP: Yeoh Seng Guan
PM: Dicky Sofjan
C: Nick Deocampo, Nana Buxani, Matt Sudario, Yeoh Seng Guan
E: Matt Sudario
SE: Nick Deocampo
N/ASc: May Datuin
M: Jeff Hernandez, Nani Naguit

Key Subject Areas:
Batanes, Climate Change, Environment, Indigenous Knowledge, Marine Resources, Nature, Shamanism, Spirituality, Water Resources