Batanes: A Documentary on the Environment in the Philippines| 1hr
Director: Nick Deocampo | Producer: Tatsuya Tanami
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: Philippines
Visiting the Philippinesâ€™ northernmost island, Batanes, the documentary discovers a world of â€œhiwaga,â€ or enchantment, wrapping the islandâ€™s human, physical and spiritual ecologies. While documenting the Ivatan fishing practice called â€œmatawâ€ 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.
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