To Calm the Pig Inside

Ang pagpakalma sa unos

  • Joanna V Arong
  • Philippines
  • 2020
  • 19 min
  • European Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, raged across the Philippines for days, leaving behind a trail of devastation. Cities were obliterated, and thousands died. In this short film of just 19 minutes, Filipino filmmaker Joanna Vasquez Arong looks back on that period, telling the story with remarkable fullness.

Accompanied by grainy, black-and-white images of the wreckage, Vasquez Arong recounts heartbreaking stories about the natural disaster and the injustices resulting from corruption in her country. She recalls the social solidarity after the disaster, and her spiritual culture, which plays a significant role in her life. The result is an engaging story that is highly personal, striking a balance between horror and beauty. This balance is also reflected in stunning photographs of the ruins that would not be out of place in a museum collection.


  • 19 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Filipino
  • Subtitles in: English
Joanna V Arong
Joanna V Arong / Old Fool Films
Veejay Villafranca, Piyavit Thongsa-ard, James Reynolds, Mark Thomas, Christian Linaban, Christopher Darza
Lawrence S. Ang, Pao Dalisay Sanchez
Sound Design
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr

IDFA history

European Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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