Screening: ‘Perfumed Nightmare’ (1977)

‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Supermarché!’ — Kidlat Tahimik

Perfumed Nightmare (1977, 93 min.) is an autobiographical tale following the life of Kidlat, a young Filipino jeepney* driver enamoured with the idea of Western culture, and all it has to offer. He is the president of his rural village’s Werner von Braun fan club, which he established after first hearing about the aerospace engineer while listening one day to his favourite radio station ‘Voice of America’.

While still in the Philippines Kidlat meets Big Boss, an American capitalist, who suggests he accompany him back to Paris, where he runs a chewing gum dispensing machine business. Excited by the prospect of experiencing a world he only knows through broadcast media, Kidlat embarks on a transformative journey that takes him through France and Germany, eventually settling in New York. Along the way, his once aspirational attitude towards the West wanes, leading him to better appreciate the value his Philippine roots.

* Repurposed World War II U.S. military jeeps commonly used for public transport in the Philippines

This event is part of Some Are Smarter Than Others

Duration 12 November 2014 - 12 November 2014
Times 19:00
Cost Free
Venue Gasworks
Address 155 Vauxhall Street London SE11 5RH, ,
Contact 020 7587 5202 / /

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