NICK AND CHAI

By Cha ESCALA, Wena SANCHEZ

TASKOVSKI FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2014

A couple from Leyte (Philippines) tries to recover after Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed what’s most
important to them- their four children.

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& Awards

Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
IDFA 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • PHILIPPINES
    • Languages
    • FILIPINO
    • Duration
    • 65 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Cha ESCALA, Wena SANCHEZ
    • Synopsis
    • On November 8, 2013, Nick and Chai lost their four children to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. Four
      months later, they are attempting to build a meaningful life from what is left. We first observe the
      superficial cheer with which the couple pass their day, with Chai joking about how she’s no longer a
      mother. Now that they are childless, they are putting all their energy into the reconstruction of a
      devastated society, helping to set up and implement programs for cultivating vegetables. Little by little,
      as we follow their daily routines and hear brief comments in voice-over, we gradually come to
      understand exactly what happened on that fateful day and just how great the impact has been on the
      couple. What’s keeping them going is the memory of their selfless love for their children and the firm
      belief that they will one day be reunited. And they also have their profound feelings for one another,
      which seem to have been strengthened by their shared and insurmountable loss. They eat together, visit
      one of their children’s graves to mark her birthday, work in the field, share their experiences with other
      victims, look at photos and watch videos of the children on their phones, all the while praying that they
      die together so they can once again be a “happy family forever.”
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