Written By: Angela Javier
Sketch By: Kimberly Cruz
Nick and Chai is a documentary that is anything but sugar coated. It shows us the raw struggle of a couple, Nick and Chai, as they try to continue to live normally after all four of their children died because of typhoon Yolanda.
The director chooses to be patient and observe how they live their everyday life and how they help their community. “Patience is important” said by the director, Ms. Wena Sanchez, when asked about the ethics of making a heartfelt documentary. This piece shows something that other documentaries do not dare to show. In the film, the couple talks about suicide and how much they long for their children. “The couple seemed like they only wanted to commit suicide because of guilt.” Ms. Wena Sanchez said.
The documentary made us feel emotions almost similar to what the victims of Yolanda felt. We were able to see the things behind the statistics showed in the news. Nick and Chai made us realize no matter what we’re going through, we should always help those who are in much more need than us. Even after everything they went through, the couple still decided to continue living and even decided to turn their house into a mini orphanage complete with a mini library. We were told that every weekend, around 50 to 60 children would go to the orphanage and play together.
I could say that we learned a lot from Ms. Wena Sanchez’s documentary. It made us realize how grateful we are for the situation that we are currently in.