Michelle Cabalu worked as a graphic designer for six years in the newspaper and book publishing industries before embarking on a career in film. As a linguistic anthropology student at UCLA, she conducted a research project in Manila, Philippines employing video and ethnographic interviews.
The Village takes us into the lives of three members at "The Village", a progressive mental health organization that encourages people with mental illness to take steps toward their life goals as a means to recovery. The video chronicles these men's struggles with mental illness and their journey towards self-reliance.
16mm color film
16mm black and white film