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An Evening with Lav Diaz & STORM CHILDREN: BOOK ONE

March 2, 2020, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], the USC East Asian Studies Center, and the American Cinematheque,
invite you and a guest to attend


An Evening with Lav Diaz & Storm Children: Book One

Directed by Lav Diaz
Cinematography by Lav Diaz
Edited by Lav Diaz

Followed by a Q&A with Lav Diaz

7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Presented in Conjunction with the American Cinematheque's Series,
The End of History: The Cinema of Lav Diaz.

Learn more about the screenings at the American Cinematheque at:

About Storm Children: Book One

The Philippines is the most storm-battered country in the world. In 2013 Typhoon Yolanda, considered the strongest storm in history, struck the Philippines, leaving in its path apocalyptic devastation. A few months later, Lav Diaz visited Tacloban Island to film children lives in the aftermath.

With striking black & white photography, this critically-acclaimed observational documentary follows three children as they cope with the disaster—scavenging for food, telling stories, playing amid looming ships run aground on the town’s main street, and diving from others that still sit in the sea—is a moving reflection on climate change and human resilience.

Provided courtesy of Zomia Film. Not rated. Running time: 143 minutes. In Filipino and Tagalog, with English subtitles.

About Lav Diaz

LAV DIAZ (Director, Cinematographer, Editor)

Lavrente Indico Diaz aka Lav Diaz is a filmmaker from the Philippines who was born on December 30, 1958 and raised in Cotabato, Mindanao. He works as director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, composer, production designer and actor all at once. He is especially notable for the length of his films, some of which run for up to eleven hours. That is because his films are not governed by time but by space and nature. His films are about the social and political struggles of his motherland and through these, he has garnered the admiration of the international festival circuit.

Since 1998 he has directed twelve films, and won several international awards. His 2002 film Batang West Side won Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, plus awards at the Independent Film Festival of Brussels, Gawad Urian, and Cinemanila International Film Festival. He also received a Gawad Urian for his 2005 film Evolution of a Filipino Family and Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for Heremias, Book One. His film Death in the Land of Encantos, was the closing film of the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2007, and was awarded a Golden Lion Special Mention. His 2008 eight-hour film Melancholia, a story about victims of summary executions, won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008, and Florentina Hubaldo, CTE has received Best Film at ImagesFestival, Toronto and Jeonju International Film Festival in 2012. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2011 joined the Board of Directors for Cine Foundation International. The Venice Film Festival calls him “the ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema”.

In 2013, his film Norte, The End of History is presented at Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival and considered as “one of the most beautiful film seen in Cannes” (Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde) or even “quite possibly the best film there” (Daniel Kasman, Mubi), a “superb piece of focused narrative” (Jonathan Romney, Screen) –a broadened international recognition that earns him to be invited at FID Marseilles to be part of the Official Competition Jury and eventually at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival as the President of the Jury. His film Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before) won the Golden Leopard in Locarno Film Festival. The following year, his eight-hour film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize in Berlin International Film Festival and Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) bagged the Golden Lion Prize in the Venice International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world.

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About the USC East Asian Studies Center EASC

In 1975, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences established the East Asian Studies Center (EASC) in order to provide dedicated leadership, coordination and support for the growing interdisciplinary education, research activity, and community outreach concerning East Asia. In addition to being an academic department, EASC has been recognized as one of the nation's leading centers for the development of East Asian area studies with over 110 USC faculty in 39 departments and schools affiliated with EASC today.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $14.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago