After his film Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007) turned him into one of the most important contemporary documentary filmmakers –it was chosen by Time Out as one of the best films of the decade–, John Gianvito is coming to Spain to present his third feature film, Vapor Trail (Clark). And he will do so in the 7th Punto de Vista, after showing it in other international festivals like BAFICI, Vancouver, or Rotterdam. Vapor Trail (Clark) will thus join the films in “La Región Central”/”The Central Region,” the section dedicated to the most daring new documentaries.
In line with the formal and political commitments in his previous film, the American director now focuses on the colonial history of the Philippines through a powerful epic exploration of the impact of the US military’s largest overseas base on the local people and landscapes. When the Philippine Senate voted out the presence of US military bases on its land in 1991, the former self-appointed ally forgot to properly clean up the mess it had made, turning huge parts of the island of Luzon into an eco-disaster of monstrous proportions. Both a humble act of solidarity and a defiant work of remembrance, Vapor Trail (Clark) is a radical, necessary film. John Gianvito is coming to Pamplona to present it and discuss it with the audience.