(105 minutes) Japan/Philippines
Director: Hiroshi Shinomiya
Producer: Gaku Kaneko
Smoky Mountain, the massive garbage dump in the north of Manila known as the largest slum in Asia, was forcibly dismantled by the government of the Philippines in November, 1995. Some of the people who had made their living as scavengers on Smoky Mountain moved to the setting of this film, the Payatas dump located in neighboring Quezon City. Known as "the second Smoky Mountain," the area of the Payatas dump currently encompasses two garbage dumps, one large and one small, and is home to 3500 households. God’s Children is a portrait of three strong, proud and resilient families over the course of four months. It is a film about the tragic reality of death and the promise of new life appearing in the midst of various problems. A documentary, it faithfully records the residents who retain their pride in a harsh environment and live with dignity and strength.
Hiroshi Shinomiya began working in cinema at Dentsu Film in 1984. Later he directed TV commercials for a prominent Japanese designer fashion brand, Arrston Volaju, and promotional videos for Keith Harring. Moved by the sight of Manila's working children, Shinomiya decided to make a film about them. In July of 1994, he completed his first film, a full-length documentary called Scavengers, in Tagalog. His experience prompted him to start living in the Patayas dump several years later in order to shoot his most powerful piece, God’s Children.
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