International Migration and Environmental Film Festival, Virtual, October 9 to 16, 2021
“Whether by choice or by circumstance, we’ve joined the ranks of our compatriots who’ve traveled beyond the borders of their known worlds; we catch glimpses of them in our own passage. Even those who may not have strayed too far away physically also know that nostalgia is a way of marking what used to be and what can no longer be recovered except perhaps in memory”Luisa Igloria, Not Home But Here (2003)
Through a traveling video camera that circumnavigates the globe, a group of friends share their migration stories as they search for themselves and their place in the world wherever they may be.
Who is the Filipino émigré? Are we the hero of the new age? The breadwinner-martyr? The opportunist, the fortune-seeker? The Filipino émigré’s identity is a dynamic one, constantly changing and adapting to one’s adopted community, while at the same time attempting to compromise with one’s responsibilities with their family and with their Filipino culture. This documentary explores the stories of some of these 21st century Filipino émigré who used to be state scholars but have since followed other opportunities abroad
Alarilla’s video camera, now dubbed “Enrique,” after Magellan’s Malay slave Enrique de Malaca, becomes a vessel for his friends’ stories as it circumnavigates the world by courier. Starting off in Seattle, Enrique is sent one by one to the filmmaker’s friends, traveling further until it arrives back to him. While Magellan’s westward circumnavigation is one of territorial conquest for the colonial powers, Enrique’s eastward circumnavigation will be one of reclamation; of re-establishing broken ties and rebuilding the terrain of their collective psyche.
Zoé Ciela Guenne moved to Paris in 2012; she is a photographer, event organiser, English instructor, and now mother to two beautiful kids.
Pat R. has always been interested in environmental justice, She moved to Australia in 2012 and is currently pursuing a law degree in Melbourne.
Joseph Unsay recently received his PhD in Biosciences, studying at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg as well as in Tübingen.
Jed Yabut is an architect who worked in Singapore, and is now a home design entrepreneur back home in the Philippines.
Pauline M. is a Bangkok-based entrepreneur, full-time mom of twin girls and part-time secretary to her filmmaker husband.
Kenneth Cardenas is a PhD Candidate in Geography at York University in Toronto, studying the big business of building big cities in the global South.
Adrian Alarilla is a writer, filmmaker, and PhD Candidate in History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.