Wherever We May Be


International Multicultural Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, October 2-3, 2022
Filipino American National Historical Society Conference, Seattle, WA, August 11-13, 2022
Aporia International Village Film Festival, Injegun, South Korea, June 2022 (Quarter-Finalist)
Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Seattle, USA, March 3-13, 2022
Pambujan International Film Festival, Pambujan, Philippines, February 25-28, 2022 (Best Documentary Film, 2nd Place)
Through the Lens Film Festival, Santa Clarita, USA, February 24, 2022
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, February 4 to 9, 2022
Cinemaking International Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 3 to 6, 2022 (Honorable Mention)
Dreamanila International Film Festival, Manila, Philippines, November 19 to 21, 2021 (Best Film Award)
Filipino International Cine Festival, San Francisco, USA, November 4 to 7, 2021
Boston Asian American Film Festival, Boston, USA, October 22 to 24, 2021
University of the Philippines Alumni Association of America 21st Grand Reunion & Convention, Las Vegas, USA, October 22 to 24, 2021
San Diego Filipino Film Festival Film Market, San Diego, USA, October 18 to 31, 2021
International Migration and Environmental Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, October 9 to 16, 2021

“A sentimental and honest look at what life as an immigrant in a foreign land is like, this film takes the experiences of a group of Filipino friends and erstwhile classmates to a truly personal level. As we follow the different friends we see not everyone comes to the same place, but we develop an appreciation for how they all got there.”

Jong Wai T., Boston Asian American Film Festival

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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.

Please check out our interview with KTUH FM Honolulu’s Crystal Kwok, featuring directors Adrian Alarilla and Kenneth Cardenas.

Directed by:

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.

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