Close to Heaven - The Rice Terraces of the Philippines

Directed By
Antje Christ
Past Presentation
Cinema Verde
2017
Close to Heaven - The Rice Terraces of the Philippines
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Close to Heaven - The Rice Terraces of the Philippines
43
Minutes
Minute
Culture
,
Agriculture
,
Food
Germany
2015

This documentary shows the mammoth challenges being faced by the Ifugao in the globalisation age and asks whether it will be possible to maintain the unique rice terraces while also doing right by the young generation of Ifugao. Based on the story of a family from Banaue, the film shines a spotlight on the generation conflict within the Ifugao people. While the father still works as a rice grower, his son is a tourist guide in Banaue, taking visitors on tours of the rice terraces. In addition to this story, the film explores the various efforts being made to keep alive the unique cultural landscape and rich tradition of the Ifugao. As well as featuring the breathtaking landscapes of Hungduan or Batad, the film will include scenes from the Imbayah Festival in the Banaue at the end of April.

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