Balikbayan #1 – Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III,
151 min, 2015, Philippines, English and Spanish with English subtitles
“Balikbayan” is the Philippine word for “guest worker”. This film’s protagonist is Enrique Melaka, slave of Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan. Famed for proving the world is indeed round, Magellan ultimately paved the way for Portuguese colonialism. These images were shot in 1980 and tell the story of that first circumnavigation of the Earth, in which Magellan died shortly before reaching his goal and decreed that Enrique, now to become the true first man to circumnavigate the Earth, would become a free man.
Kidlak Tahimik (b. 1942 in the Philippines) lives and works in Baguio City as a film maker, screenwriter, and actor best known for his independent essay films on neocolonialism and as part of the “Third Cinema” movement. Tahimik shot his first film in Munich, where he lived during the 1970’s.