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"A visually riveting, heart-rending account of young boys and girls struggling to survive in calamitous landscapes." – Hollywood Reporter

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, causing thousands of deaths and leaving over a million people homeless. In Storm Children – Book One, director Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History, MIFF 2014) films the landscape left by this natural disaster, months after the world's media shifted its attention elsewhere.

Shooting amidst the wreckage and still-flooded streets of Tacloban and its surroundings, Diaz keeps his camera trained on the children of the city as they play, forage for food and tell their stories. Storm Children – Book One is an unvarnished but hypnotically poetic film that documents both the bleak reality of devastation and the hope that can survive in the harshest of conditions.

"Diaz not only reflects upon the Filipinos' struggle with nature, but also interrogates the sociocultural significance of ‘storm' as it relates to the country's turbulent national history and psyche." – Senses of Cinema