Scene from the film Wake (Subic)
Scene from the film Wake (Subic)
Scene from the film Wake (Subic)
Scene from the film Wake (Subic)
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Wake (Subic)

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First begun in 2006, Wake (Subic) completes the documentary diptych, For Example, The Philippines, the first part of which, Vapor Trail (Clark) was released in 2010. Collectively this nine-hour essay explores 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, both films are 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
    Wake (Subic)
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    John Gianvito
  • Editing
    John Gianvito, Eric P. Gulliver
  • Sound
    John Gianvito
  • Runtime
    276 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Viennale Film Festival, Austria 2015
    • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016
    • Olhar de Cinema, Curtiba International Film Festival, Brazil 2016
    • Maine International Film Festival 2016
    • RIDM Film Festival, Montreal 2016 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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