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