Film | Express Yourself

Happyland – Encore Screening

Marti Salva / Australia / 2017 / 60 mins / Tagalog and English with English subtitles / Documentary

Who lives among the garbage in these notorious slums?

Fueled by curiosity, artistic challenge and the desire to offer practical support, Australian street artist Kaff-eine and her international team work with two of Manila’s most impoverished dumpsite slums to make something creative, valuable and special. Together with the Happyland and Baseco residents, they install large tarpaulins featuring Kaff-eine’s paintings of 10 colourful locals, creating an open-air art exhibition in the slums that celebrates these communities while also providing them with resources for shelter. Raw,confronting, surprising and visually striking, the Happyland documentary invites the audience to meet the communities which have such fearsome reputations: from young garbage scavengers, to nail technicians, school children, laundrywomen, cultural workers and gangsters. Hear their stories and follow how new friends from very different backgrounds collaborate to bring an ambitious project to life in the wastelands of Manila.

Film Introduction with director Marti Salva and co-producer Kaff-eine.

The Happyland exhibition at Federation Square (May 4-21) includes the 10 Kaff-eine portraits, fine art photography of the tarp installation, and vignettes of daily Happyland life. 

This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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