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34 - THE PHILIPPINES: HILOT MASSAGE

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In the Philippines - a constellation of 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean - it is often said that the sea links the people. But something else also links the inhabitants of this gigantic “Tower of Babel” archipelago - Hilot, an ancient art of healing performed through touch. 

Its practitioners, the manghihilot, use nothing but their hands and coconut oil. In a village not far from Manila, Bernard goes to meet Angelita Calderon, a cheerful woman, and a prominent figure in her village. She earns her living as a seamstress, and does not charge for any of her Hilot treatments. Alongside Angelita, Bernard discovers a medical tradition based on pressure points and manual manipulation. 

Director(s) : SARDI (Laurent), PERRIER (David), LEMAIRE (OLIVIER), PERRIER (David)

Producer(s) : ARTE FRANCE, BONNE PIOCHE

Production Year : 2014
Language(s) : German, English, French

Rights : DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, TV, VOD

Territories : Worldwide.