Kahidlaw (Longing)

Kahidlaw (Longing)

Spoken in different tongues, the word captures a feeling that most of us in this pandemic have experienced. In search of this, we stumble on the idea of happiness that many would consider as something unattainable.

But wisdom across cultures proves that there is a cure to this phenomenon - a not-so-secret secret to healing this "longing."

  • Nich L Perez
    LETTERS: the art of grieving
  • Nich L Perez
  • Nich L Perez
  • Jeff Kyle
    Motion Graphics
    BRO: Men With Hope to Bring
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    75,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, Ghana, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines
  • Language:
    English, French, Spanish, Tagalog
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri, Canon
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Nich L Perez

Nich Perez is a Filipino - American filmmaker, creative strategist, and educator based in Austin, TX, and Los Angeles, CA.

With the impetus to tell stories that matter, he treats every film grain or pixel as sacred, creating media that transcend through the lens as a whole, rendering beauty, inspiration, and authenticity in its evolving media landscape.  

He believes that great stories empower, told through the lens of empathy and community. To advocate for the homeless and practice social justice through media, he took part in the Human Rights and Photography Program at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with the Magnum Foundation. He had the honor to collaborate with the unsheltered clients of Wards Island in New York City in 2014. And before doing his research fellowship in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, he was an Assistant Professor in Communications and Visual Arts at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, IN, where he also served as the director of the digital arts studio.
With 15 years of experience in filmmaking, creative strategy, and education, his work in the development of mission-driven media, effective communications, and documentaries intersect with creativity, philosophy, mental wellness, and service-learning through media arts and practice.

Many of his media projects were in numerous international film festivals and exhibitions, including (In)Justice For All, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, and Flicker’s Rhode Island Film Festival.  In collaboration with multiple non-profit organizations, his extensive mission-driven media work supports their causes in print to emerging media.

He hopes to continue to share this passion of transforming hearts and minds through powerful stories and in meaningful projects, one pixel at a time.


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Director Statement

We questioned our mortality and our will during these difficult times.

The loss of millions of lives while shackled to our homes, away from the ones we love, Covid-19 took a toll on all of us. But using the gift of cinema and the beautiful language of poetry, I remember that Portuguese word, Saudade, which reverberates in all of us.

Is there a cure to longing? Can we still be happy despite all?
Perhaps there is.