Monday, January 01, 2018


Paraiso (2015) - Direct Cinema Documentary film by Nash Ang

Paraíso is a "direct cinema" documentary film that follows the lives of child survivors one month after the tragedy of the strongest typhoon ever recorded on earth, Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We will see their struggles as they live on and rebuild their lives in what was once their Paraiso, which is but a memory of tragedy and great loss.


Completion Date: February 21, 2015
Country of Origin: Philippines
Film Language: Waray, Tagalog
Subtitles: English
Screening Format: DCP, MOV
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Film Color: Black and White


Producer: Victor Villanueva
Editor: Ronnie Gamboa Jr.
Music: Miguel Lorca
Director: Nash Ang 

Director Statement

Paraíso is a moving and intimate documentary about the children survivors of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). It captures the day to day activities of the survivors and how they cope up and rebuild their lives 1 month after the tragedy. Inspired by the documentary technique of direct cinema, we want the docu to have a real and authentic feel, as we follow their lives, like an observer.

When we made the documentary, we heard many stories both heartbreaking and inspiring. Paraíso is our message in a bottle; we want to share these stories of the child survivors to the world. We hope to touch and inspire many viewers with the documentary especially the international community, to encourage them, a call to action to help and reach out to these children. Paraíso might not be able to change minds, but it changes hearts.


Opening Film
Singkuwento International Film Festival 2015
Manila, Philippines

Closing Film
Transcultural Network Festival 2015
Seoul, South Korea

Cine’Eco Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental da Serra da Estrela 2015
Seia, Portugal

PLANETA.doc 2015 Festival Internacional de Cinema Socioambiental Santa
Catarina, Brazil

ECOCUP Green Documentary Film Festival 2016
Moscow-Saint Petersburg, Russia

Sine Bughaw 2016
Manila, Philippines

Cinema Planeta Festival Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente de México 2016 Cuernavaca, Mexico

9th Ecozine Film Festival 2016
Zaragoza, Spain

Environmental Film Festival in Albania 2016
Tirana, Albania

Smaragdni Eco Film Festival 2016
Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia

Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle 2016
Seattle, United States

Filmambeinte Film Festival 2016
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

15th Baikal People and Environment Film Festival 2016
Irkutsk, Russian Federation

15th Pyongyang International Film Festival 2016 Pyongyang
North Korea

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Nash Ang’s Portugal-winning documentary on Typhoon Yolanda screens in UP

Nash Ang’s full-length documentary feature Paraiso about survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Internationally named Haiyan) a month after the strongest storm in history struck will have its own screening run at the UPFI Film Center in UP Diliman on November 12 Thursday and November 13 Friday at 2:30, 5 and 7 p.m.

The film has just won the Grand Prix at the 21st Cine Eco: International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela in Portugal in October. Its screening run is a fitting commemoration of the anniversary of the super typhoon that ravaged the country in November 2013. First screened at the Singkwento International Film Festival for the National Arts Month in February of this year, the film is done in direct-cinema style capturing the struggles of young and old alike who suffered in the calamity as they rebuild their lives and come to terms with their tragic loss.

Admission is at popular price. Interested audiences may call 9262722 or 9263640.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Pinoy Film about Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Wins at Cine Eco 2015

The film festival’s 21st year signals a great victory for a Filipino filmmaker. Cine’Eco – The International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela, is the only festival of its kind in Portugal dealing with the recognition of humanities responsibility to take care of the earth and all the living things in it. The awarding was held at the city of Seia in Portugal. ‘Paraiso’ (Paradise) got the Grand Prix CineEco 2015 and Ang got 2,000 euros.

It is a documentary film showing the how the typhoon survivors, particularly children, piece their lives back together after the passage of the storm. What was once their paradise became nothing but a ruin. According to festival director Mário Jorge Branquinho, 80 films from 20 countries competed in the said festival. He also called Ang’s style, “direct cinema”.

Ang’s film career started when his film ‘iskWATER’ won in the 1st South East Asian Student Documentary Awards – Internation Science Film Festival in 2010. In 2011, he became NCCA’s ‘Ani ng Dangal’ grantee for upholding international excellence the film category. His other film directing credits include Lusong (2011 documentary) and Seoul Mates (Cinema One Originals 2014 entry).

‘Paradise’ premiered in the Philippines via the Singkwento International Film Festival held last February where it was the opening film. It was the closing film of the 2nd Transcultural Network Festival South Korea held this year. Aside from directing, Ang also acts for film and does musical theater.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015


"PARAISO" Premieres in the Philippines

"PARAISO" will premiere as the opening film of Singkuwento International Film Festival, Manila, Philippines on February 21, 2015 at NCCA Theater, Intramuros, Manila.

In line with the celebration of the National Arts Month, National Commission for Culture and the Arts presents Singkuwento International Film Festival, Manila Philippines to be held at the Tanghalang Leandro Locsin located at the NCCA Bldg. in Intramuros, Manila from February 21 to 28.

February 21, 2015 7:00PM (opening film)
FREE admission with limited seating

February 26, 2015 1:00 PM
Get Tickets Online: Just type PARAISO on the Search Events at

Director: Nash Ang
Producer: Victor Villanuava
Editing: Ronnie Gamboa Jr.
Music: Miguel Lorca

"Paraiso" is a documentary that follows the lives of child survivors and their remaining families one month after the tragedy of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Having a close brush with death, the storm surge ravaged their houses and took their loved ones away. We will see their struggles as they live on and rebuild their lives in what was once their Paraiso, which is but a memory of tragedy and great loss.

This documentary film is a two-part story. The first part will be shown in Singkwento International Film Festival 2015. The 2nd half or the finale will show the developments of the story some year after the disaster.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


"프로젝트 파라이소"의 새로운 도메인을 소개합니다.

"프로젝트 파라이소"의 새로운 도메인을 소개합니다.
이전 사이트 주소 ( 로 된 링크는 모두 새로운 주소로 이동됩니다.

아울러 새로운 공식 이메일 계정을 개통하였으니, 문의사항이 있으실 경우 로 연락 바랍니다. 감사합니다.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


We have a New Web Address

Welcome to our new web domain
All links from our old site will be forwarded to our new address. 

We also have a new email. You can now contact us at

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Direk Victor, get well soon...

One of Project Paraiso's Filmmaker Victor Villanueva was diagnosed of Mild Dengue Fever and was confined for several days. Suspected virus most probably was taken during their documentary shoot in Tacloban, Leyte. 

Direk Victor, get well soon...

Monday, January 13, 2014


Project Paraiso is Looking for a Transciber

Job Description:
Video transcriber and translator for Project "Paraiso" documentary footages. Must be able to understand Waray and translate them to English/Tagalog. Willing to work on a deadline.

Video Length:
10-12 hours (estimated)

Period of Work:
January 20-30, 2013

To be negotiated

If interested, Please Contact:
Victor (Manila): 0917-6279865
Ron (Cebu): 0932-8665992

Sunday, January 12, 2014


새로운 출발!

우리 <스켈레톤 크루> 3명은 진흙범벅의 도로를 헤치며, 뙤악볕이 내리는 가운데 지역 주민들을 추적하였습니다. 때로는 폭우까지 쏟아지는 최악의 상황 속에서도 우리는 주민들의 일상, 특히 성탄절, 신년맞이, 그리고 올해 첫 수업을 담아냈습니다. 비록 태풍 참사 이전의 것들에 비하면 턱없이 부족한 삶을 살아가고 있지만, 이 곳의 아이들은 그러함 속에서도 삶에 대한 희망을 잃지 않았습니다.

우리는 12일동안 세 가족 (산 호아킨 출신의 라칸다조 가족, 타클로반 출신의 아델란다토 가족, 코곤 출신의 두쿠에 가족) 을 추적하였습니다. 세 가족은 태풍 참사로부터 살아남은 생존자로, 당시에 겪은 피해와 극적으로 목숨을 건졌던 순간을 생생히 전하였습니다.

촬영을 마친 뒤 우리는 각자의 위치로 돌아갔습니다. 필자는 대한민국 서울로, 빅로트 빌라누에바는 필리핀 마닐라로, 그리고 로니 감보아는 필리핀 세부로 뿔뿔이 흩어졌습니다.

오늘은 <프로젝트 파라이소>의 후반작업이 시작되는 날로, 세 가족과 지역 아동들을 돕기 위해 본격적인 홍보전에 돌입하게 됩니다. 블로그를 통해 지역의 사진들을 공유하는 한편, 미처 공개하지 못한 촬영 뒷얘기에 대해서도 게시할 예정입니다.
앞으로도 계속해서 이 프로젝트에 대해 관심과 성원 부탁드리며, 지인들에게 소문내 주시면 더욱 감사하겠습니다. 이 프로젝트를 통하여 수해민들에게 따뜻한 손길을 내어드리는 분들이 더욱 많아지기를 기원합니다.

원문 작성자 - 안내쉬(Nash Ang)
한국어 변역 - 김태윤(Augustin Taeyoon Kim)

Saturday, January 11, 2014


The New Beginning

A skeleton crew of three braved through muddy roads, followed people under the inescapable heat of the sun, and walked through bipolar downpours from Christmas, New Years Eve, up to the start of classes in January, but none of these could compare to what the children of Leyte went through the day Typhoon Haiyan brought about its wrath. However, these children showed resiliency in the midst of devastation. 

We followed three families in the span of 12 days; Lacandazo Family from San Joaquin, Palo, Adelandato Family from Tacloban and Duque Family from Cogon, Palo. These families are some of the thousands who have survived the tragedy and shared to us their stories of loss and survival.

Now we went back to our places. Me, Nash Ang to Seoul Korea, Victor Villanueva to Manila, Philippines and Ronnie Gamboa from Cebu Philippines.

This day marks the official post production phase of Project Paraiso and start the campaign for helping these families and their children to recover from the ground. After sharing a travel photo blog, We will post weekly updates on the details of our shooting since we have more time to write.

Continue to follow us and share this page to your friends and relatives. Join us and be part of helping these families rebuild their lives.

Nash Ang