Sep 20th 2019

Perfumed Nightmare (Mababangong Bangungot) is directed by the self-taught filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, who also plays the lead role. It tells the story of a humble, small-town lad who drives a “jeepney,” one of the trucks left behind by the US military that are still the main form of public transportation in the Philippines. A devotee of space-age technology, yearning for the progress it promises, Kidlat journeys from Philippine village to European metropolis. When he gets there, he discovers a modernity just as inhumane as the postcolonial reality he left behind.

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