HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY
Directed by Raya Martin
Created by the award-winning experimental filmmaker Raya Martin, HOW TO DISAPPEAR is a sensual, mysterious and droning thriller that defies delineation of any kind. Born to a dysfunctional family in the countryside where the mom is fervently religious, and dad is a drunkass babbler of history lessons, an autistic young girl dreams of disappearing. She puts on a stage play based on an old Filipino film about a family who disappears in the mountains during the war. Soon after the performance, she vanishes. Her parents go to look for her in the woods. One by one, they all start to disappear.
Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin is one of the most distinctive emerging voices in world cinema. Born in Manila in 1984, he has more than a dozen films to his credit: an ambitious, constantly evolving body of work consisting of fiction features, documentaries, shorts, and installations. The youngest artist on Cinema Scope magazine’s 2012 list of the 50 best filmmakers under 50 years old, Martin draws on a wide array of sources—combining pop culture references, archival material, and avant-garde structuralism—in his radically lyrical works. This daring, restless filmmaker with a sensibility all his own suggests entirely new ways of approaching film, personal, and national history.