Eric Oteyza de Guia (born October 3, 1942 in Baguio, Philippines), better known as Kidlat Tahimik (a Tagalog translation of "Lightning Silent"), is a film director, writer and actor whose films are commonly associated with the Third Cinema movement through their critiques of neocolonialism. For his contributions to the development of Philippine independent cinema, he was recognized in 2018 as a National Artist of the Philippines for Film - a conferment which represents the Philippine state's highest recognition for artists.One of the most prominent names in the Filipino film industry, he has garnered various accolades locally and internationally, including a Plaridel honorarium for independent cinema. He is dubbed by fellow filmmakers and critics as the "Father of Philippine Independent Cinema".In recent years, Tahimik has become a noted installation artist with his works exhibited in various public spaces in the Philippines.
Kidlat lives in a 4-storey home in Benguet, the Philippines, with his wife, German artist and writer Katrin De Guia, and their children Kidlat de Guia (or Kidlat Gottlieb Kalayaan), Kawayan Thor Kalayaan, and Kabunian De Guia (or Kabunian Cedric Enrique).In February 2004, a fire was reported to have spread in their home. The family was able to escape safely, but the director's film stock and collection of art and artifacts were destroyed.He owns the vegetarian cafe Oh My Gulay in Baguio, the Philippines.
Movies & TV shows
Kabunyan's Journey to Liwanag
Kidlat Tahimik’s son, Kabunyan de Guia, embarks on a journey from his hometown of Baguio to the southern urban city of Davao using an orange minivan and explores other places in the Philippines along ...
BalikBayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux VI
As the ultimate enfant terrible of Philippine cinema, avant-gardist Kidlat Tahimik refuses to settle on anything, whether it’s the telling of a colonial past, or any version of this film, which he’s b...
Ode to Dreamers
A machine capable of recording ideas directly from the mind is invented, and an out-of-work comedian suffering from depression uses it to learn if he still has the gift to make people laugh.
Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III
Magellan, the famous navigator, met his untimely death in the Philippines before he could circumnavigate the globe. Ironically, it was his slave and translator Enrique who most likely was the first to...
Video-Palaro: The Video Diaries of Kidlat Tahimik
Produced over 15 years for the JVC-sponsored Tokyo Video Festival, Tahimik’s Video Diaries offers a lovely set of accents to his longer 16mm films. Tropes and themes that recur throughout the director...
Our Film-Grimage to Guimaras
Documentary about an oil spill near the Philippines
BUBONG! Roofs of the World! Unite!
Experimental documentary about roof-making.
Accused of treason, Dr. Jose P. Rizal awaits trial and meets with his colonial government-appointed counsel, Luis Taviel de Andrade. The two build the case and arguments for the defense as significant...
Japanese Summers of a Filipino Fundoshi
Kidlat Tahimik, a director and performer, sought to recreate relations between the body and filmed image seen through "Asian eyes." This groundbreaking project took the form of a documentary which Mr....
Our Bomb Mission in Hiroshima
An unexploded bomb that the Americans dropped in the Philippines in their war against the Japanese was found in a river. It was transformed into a bell by the Ifugaos and sent back to Japan. This time...
Celebrating the Year 2021, Today
A man plants trees around the world.
Why Is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow?
Why is Yellow the Middle of the Rainbow? is an epic film diary that spanned the 1980s. Because of the sheer volume of ground it covers, this film defies summary, even though it is unique. It also serv...
Set in a tiny Philippine village, the inimitable Kidlat Tahimik's film focuses on a family that makes paper-mache animals to sell during the traditional Turumba festivities. One year, a department sto...
I am Blushing
"I am blushing" - Swedish comedy about a film crew traveling to the Philippines to find environments for a movie.
Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy?
Stuck in the German lands of “Yodelburg,” our hero Kidlat dreams of space and muses on humanity’s endless capacity for creativity, whether on the moon or at home in the Philippines. A delightful, self...
The narrator explains the patterns of daily life in the village. He loves the Voice of America broadcasts and the space program. He formed the Werner von Braun fan club to be part of the developed wor...
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
The film follows Kaspar Hauser, who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained up in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who w...
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