The Perfumed Nightmare (Mababangong Bangugot)

Rated NR 93 minutes 1980

Kidlat Tahimik is a young man living in a small Filipino village. He has a fascination with the Voice of America broadcasts, and particularly with the space program. He longs to be part of the developed world, and forms the Werner von Braun fan club. When an American arrives for an aborted international conference, he gets his chance. The American asks him to come to Paris, to run his chewing-gum-ball machine concession on the streets. In Paris, he makes friends and discovers that progress in the developed world sacrifices important values. Unable to return to an idealized image of his past, he stubbornly refuses to capitulate to the terms of progress, resigning from his post as head of the Werner von Braun fan club and maintaining that he will find his own way.

Film Credits

Director: Kidlat Tahimik

Writer: Kidlat Tahimik

Cast: Kidlat Tahimik, Georgette Baudry, Mang Fely, Harmut Lerch and Katrin Muller

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