Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
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Vapor Trail (Clark)

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Vapor Trail (Clark) is a documentary essay exploring circumstances of toxic contamination around the former US military bases in the Philippines as the locus for a meditation on historical amnesia, colonial privilege, and the consequences of unchecked militarism. Interweaving both cinéma-vérité and interview footage of Filipino victims and their families, environmental spokespersons, and community activists, along with early photographic material pertaining to the Philippine-American War, partisan songs, historical texts, and landscape photography, Vapor Trail (Clark) is an attempt to construct a work capable of rendering some measure of this human and environmental tragedy and the complexities of its remedy.


  • Original Title
    Vapor Trail (Clark)
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    John Gianvito
  • Editing
    John Gianvito
  • Runtime
    275 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010
    • Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2010
    • Buenos Aires Festival of Independent 2010
    • Jeonju International Film Festival 2010
    • DocLisboa, Portugal 2010
    • Viennale Film Festival, Austria 2010
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010
    • Cinema du Reel, France 2012
  • Awards
    • Special Jury Award for Cinematic Commitment | The Images Festival/Toronto 2011 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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