Grounded juxtaposes the generic and the specific in the context of the Malate neighbourhood of Manila .
It explores the world from an individuals specific point of view and while doing so, reveals a worldwide phenomena of changing neighbourhoods and generic banality.
The area’s street level presents itself as a cultured, textured and somewhat timeless place with distinct elements of life and identity. When the camera rises and the view expands above rooftops, the perception of the city alters: an anonymous and generic megacity emerges of few cultural clues.

Mrs Erlinda Paez represents a continuity of life in a dramatically altering neighbourhood. Her voice and presence reflects old Manila, encompassing the linguistic and social clues of the Catholic Spain, the international lifestyle introduced by the Americans as well as the unique Pinoy culture.
Her house remains an understated and calm reflection of a personal history in an increasingly generic part of the city. And the narrative of her voice creates a historic context to the changing urbanity.

What is not said becomes apparent through the imagery.

The film was created as part of an artist’s commission at Calle Wright

Concept, interview, cinematography and edit by Tapio Snellman