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Bagong Silang

10 minutes

In death, there is life: a unique community that lives in a Philippines cemetary

Nestled between a cemetery and the sea, on the edge of the city of Navotas in the Philippines, Bagong Silang is a sprawling urban slum, a place where life flourishes amid death. For decades, the residents of Bagong Silang (which means ‘new born’) have worked and lived in the cemetery, building their tarpaulin and bamboo homes among the cement-block graves. Though death surrounds them and eviction looms, people here are optimistic about the future, and they work hard to ensure a better life for their children.

Director: Zena Merton

Producer: Giselle Santos

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