Butterflies Have No Memories

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Butterflies Have No Memories

Directed by Lav Diaz

  • Philippines 2009; 40 min
  • Original version: Tagalog, English
  • Genre: Drama

  • Other Jeonju DIgital Project 2009 films: Koma by Naomi Kawase and Lost in the Mountains by Sang-soo Hong.

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Man is good and man is evil; man’s complex nature and existence has always been defined by these two opposite sides. In a remote island in the Philippines, the inhabitants of a once-prosperous town have been struggling since a giant Canadian gold mining company was forced to close down. While the company’s departure carried an important victory for people who fought for its closure because of environmental concerns, it also made a lot of people bitter, angry and desperate. It was an economic debacle for them. And they perpetually long for the return of the company. In these desperate times, Ferding, Santos and Willy drown their frustrations by endless drinking of alcohol. The visit of a young Canadian woman who was born in the mining village changed everything.

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