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Disiplina Village

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Rachelle tells the story of the Disiplina Villages in the Philippines.  The village is a local government’s project to provide housing for informal settler families (ISF) to relocate them from areas of the Valenzuela City which are at risk from flooding and other disasters coming as a result of the increasingly regular tropical cyclones.  This is a story of giving communities at risk a chance to have a better choice, a better life.

Rachelle believes that, “Filipino Resilience is often branded to the idea of survival- the ability of Filipinos to smile and stand-up after disasters. But that’s is not how resilience should be. It’s not about merely surviving amidst repeated losses and damages, but the ability to bounce back forward.”

Rachelle’s words have been lightly edited for clarity.

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Filmmaking Credits

  • Rachelle Miranda – Writer and Director
  • Ranielle Navarro – Storyboard and Script Supervisor
  • Jireh Orobia – Video Editor
  • Mores Heramis – Director of Photography
  • Rachelle Miranda

    When I was attending my master’s class in Ateneo De Manila University, one of our field works led me the “Disiplina Bignay Village”, which I for me is a symbol of Filipino resilience. I realized from then the crucial role of governance in prioritizing people living at risk and the importance of “perspective” and “aspirations”. Preventing disasters is also linked to providing a better chance to life, a better quality of life. Reducing disaster risk uplifts the living of the people most vulnerable to disasters. And I think, above all, this is the goal, to provide equal opportunities and access. We scheduled a one day filming in Disiplina Bignay Village, a 14 hectare land area. It was a little challenging to go around the village but the houses and the areas are very accessible by electronic tricycles. I was assisted by Mores and King in the video. We interviewed a local leader, a community member, a member from the Local Government and a urban farmer. It was a fulfiiling day for me because I learned a lot from their experiences and they were able to share their dreams in the village. Meanwhile, Rain and Jireh helped me in the editing of the film. We used adobe premier and used DSLR camera and drone. It is my first actual experience to direct a film. I mostly write the script and content but this is the first time that I was hands on from start to finish. It was a challenge on my part because we got a lot of good material in the interview. But we are limited to a certain time.

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