Kidlat Tahimik

  • Filmmaker

Kidlat Tahimik, whose pseudonym means “quiet lightning” in Tagalog, was born Eric de Guia in the northern Philippine city of Baguio, home to both American military bases and the Ifugao people, an indigenous Filipino tribe. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Tahimik went on to earn a master’s degree in Business Administration at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1975, he renounced both his business career and name and began questioning his American education, or as he put it, his “benevolent assimilation.” Two years later, he produced Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare), a film now heralded as a key text of both Third World Cinema and the personal essay film.”

Soleil David on CalArts Blog