When the typhoon blows off its cocoon, the butterfly embraces the sun

  • Cinema Bahala Na, MARE, 2084
    Cinema Bahala Na, MARE, 2084
When the typhoon blows off its cocoon, the butterfly embraces the sun
Event: Friday 2 December 2022, 6:00–8:30 pm
Event Information

Inspired by the legacy of independent filmmaker, Kidlat Tahimik, and the voices of contemporary Filipinx artists living and working on Kulin and Gadigal Lands, Saluhan presents an end of year screening series and party, co-presented by Footscray Community Arts.

Films and presenter information:

Cinema Bahala Na (RJ Dela Rosa)
Tenejero Balanga, Bataan Philippines 2022

A filmmaker comes home remembering the value of filmmaking and its relationship to memory-making (as loosely suggested by his Tita as a young child). Riding on a tricycle, the filmmaker ruminates on the teachings of his Tita and what it means to be home.  

Cinema Bahala Na (RJ Dela Rosa)
MARE, 2084
Worimi Country (Port Stephens) 2022

A displaced lesbian space couple crash onto an unknown planet during their mission to find their home. Separated, lost and delirious, Dana sets out to recover the body of her lover.

But does love’s capricious face peer just over the horizon?

Alien or Amnesia?

Ube or Pandan?

In this daring new teleserye drama find out how new realities exist beyond our hemisphere. And how two lovers fight to keep filming before they’re kicked out by security.

Ranima Montes
The fish that ties its body in knots

Dreams blend with myth and memories when Poling and Ligaya remember their estranged older sister. 

This project was filmed on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung, and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Peoples. We are grateful to write and share our stories on the land of the original story-tellers. Sovereignty of this land has never been ceded. Always was, always is Aboriginal Land.

“The fish that ties its body in knots” was funded by the Diasporas Commission from Multicultural Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

Kenneth Suico
Gi mingaw kaayo ko (Submarine Homesick Blues)
Bunurong Country (Altona Beach) 2022

Feelings of homesickness is a recurring thing
As a child, I’d rub my nipples
‘Til this very day
To sensate. To Feel.
Feeling lonely, not always.
But always, not so much now.
I’d transmit this looking at the sky.
In bed, at night.
I’d think of songs of the ancestral,
Living or past
Memories, living or past.
In the water to amplify, connected to networks.
To vibrate,
I hum to it.
For and with it.

Cris Miralles
native water, native sky (katutubong tubig, katutubong langit)
Bunorong Country (Altona beach) 2022

The sky is a mirror of the land, as it is also of the sea. Far from our ancestral lands the stars guide us home to our ancestors; navigating the seas as they did; to finally place our feet in the soil where the blood of our ancestors – our kin – resides.

Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel
gabay ng buwan (balikdagat)
Bunurong Country (Altona Beach) 2022

“I am writing to return to water
I walk to return to water
(our) bodies and whispers
to the sea

That if I could drag this letter out to the ocean’s floor, I would pull pull pull pull pull until I fell away with the words and the waves

(only ever always watched over by the moon)

That if I can only walk far enough,
I could walk home.”

Kenny Waite
Colonial Unbaptism
Bunorong country (Altona beach) 2022

Mimo Mukii (Slo Collective) Artist Q&A Facilitator 

For more information, please visit Saluhan Collective’s website at saluhancollective.com

Date & Times

Friday 2 December, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Performance Space

Free – $13 plus booking fee.
If cost is a barrier, please contact Saluhan at mabuhay@saluhancollective.com

Meet the Artists
  • Saluhan Collective
    Saluhan Collective

    Established in 2019, Saluhan Collective was created to establish a network between creatives in Australia and the Philippines and has since expanded to include collaborative projects in arts and community development. 

    Saluhan is currently taking part in RESIDENCE, a studio initiative at Footscray Community Arts in 2022-2023. When the typhoon blows off its cocoon, the butterfly embraces the sun has been developed during the Collective’s time in-residence and has been led by artists MJ Flamiano, James Emmanuel McKinnon, and Catherine Ortega-Sandow. 

    IG: @ s_a_l_u_h_a_n

  • Cinema Bahala Na (RJ Dela Rosa)
    Cinema Bahala Na (RJ Dela Rosa)

    Cinema Bahala Na is a free film community program run by RJ Dela Rosa, showcasing his own films alongside facilitating equipment and resource hire, film knowledge sharing and helping new filmmakers navigate the capital-dependent medium by focusing on community-collaborative productions.  

    IG: @cinemabahalana @mouthfulwasted

  • Ranima Montes
    Ranima Montes

    Ranima Montes is a queer Filipinx filmmaker based in Narrm (Melbourne). They seek to bring a unique narrative voice to each project through striking visual storytelling. 

    Her narrative work primarily explores stories concerning the Filipinx diaspora experience. ‘Mestiza’, her debut short film, premiered at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). 

    Ranima is a part of the film collective, slo. They are a recipient of the Ignite tier ($25,000), 2022 Diasporas Commission from Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV). Made with slo, her most recent work, ‘The fish that ties its body in knots’ delves into memory, grief and dreams between three sisters. 

    This year, Ranima received over $50,000 to develop her first feature through Creative Victoria’s Creators Fund. She is currently in the Philippines researching.

    IG: @ranima.montes

  • Kenneth Suico
    Kenneth Suico

    Kenneth Suico is an artist residing and working in naarm/Melbourne. Born in Cebu, Philippines, Suico jumps across a broad range of mediums, applying the modes of photography, video, pop song performance, and installation into their practice. 

    The act of repurposing and the appropriation of what is considered western-based mythology narratives and imagery, and skewing it into their personal history and cultural superstitions, are common motifs in their works.

    IG: @kenneth_suico

  • Cris Miralles
    Cris Miralles

    Cris Miralles is an artist and naturalist, born in Australia, with Waray-Waray roots. Raised in lutruwita/Tasmania, but now based in Naarm/Melbourne: Cris uses the home they have found amongst the natural world as a means of ingress to re-connecting with precolonial and on-going land-based ancestral knowledge of the archipelago.  A re-connection: decolonially and in struggle; to, with, and for kin – kapwa.

    IG: @katutubong.bituin


  • Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel
    Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel

    Bea Rubio-Gabriel is a performance artist, writer, and curator born in the Philippines, now based in Naarm/Melbourne. Exploring systems of care and Resistance Aesthetics, they challenge current curatorial and euro-centric modes of exhibiting, approaching the curatorial as its own way of making; grounding it in community, and rhizomatic ways of care and collectivisation. Their research focuses on pre-colonial writing systems (namely, Baybayin) and (Ifugao) ways of healing of the Philippines. Approaching writing as artform, they explore the Baybayin script in how it can be activated as a gateway to rebuild cultural connections through performance.

    IG: @beatricefrgabriel

  • Kenny Waite
    Kenny Waite

    Kenny Waite is an emerging artist and writer, with family roots in Davao. Born on Gunaikurnai land/Gippsland, they are now living and working in Naarm/Melbourne. They use painting, song and word to explore our many identities and how our heritage, grief and queerness overlap with the common theme of re-connection to self, culture and community. A process of how personal creation and representation can be used to reconnect and heal lost connections.

    IG: @kennymakesart

  • Mimo Mukii (Q&A Facilitator)
    Mimo Mukii (Q&A Facilitator)

    Mimo Mukii (they/them) is a Batangueñx/Kikuyu producer based in Naarm that works in film, art and events. Mimo is interested in work that explores the experiences of inhabiting spaces between identities and cultures. 

    Mimo produced the award-winning short film ‘Blackwood’ which screened at festivals in 2019 and 2020 in the US, UK, Nigeria, Germany and Australia, ‘The Moon and Me’ which premiered at the 2021 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and ‘TUĪ NÁ’ 《推拿》which premiered at the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival.

    Mimo is a member of the Slo Collective, a film collective that had its first exhibition ‘what ties us apart’ at Blindside Gallery in 2022, funded by Multicultural Arts Victoria as part of the Diasporas Festival. They have produced film events with Emerging Writers Festival, Girls on Film Festival and AfrOURban, and sometimes they make mixed media art. Mimo currently works as a freelancer in the film and television industry.

    IG: @mimomukii


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