Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)
Scene from the film Vapor Trail (Clark)

Vapor Trail (Clark)

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Vapor Trail (Clark) is a documentary essay exploring circumstances of toxic contamination around the former US military bases in the Philippines as the locus for a meditation on historical amnesia, colonial privilege, and the consequences of unchecked militarism. Interweaving both cinéma-vérité and interview footage of Filipino victims and their families, environmental spokespersons, and community activists, along with early photographic material pertaining to the Philippine-American War, partisan songs, historical texts, and landscape photography, Vapor Trail (Clark) is an attempt to construct a work capable of rendering some measure of this human and environmental tragedy and the complexities of its remedy.


  • Original title
    Vapor Trail (Clark)
  • Direction
  • DOP
    John Gianvito
  • Editing
    John Gianvito
  • Duration
    275 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010
    • Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2010
    • Buenos Aires Festival of Independent 2010
    • Jeonju International Film Festival 2010
    • DocLisboa, Portugal 2010
    • Viennale Film Festival, Austria 2010
    • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010
    • Cinema du Reel, France 2012
  • Awards
    • Special Jury Award for Cinematic Commitment | The Images Festival/Toronto 2011 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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