Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso

Production country: 
ca
Year: 
2016
Duration: 
24'
Festival edition: 
2019
Format: 
film/video

Stephanie Comilang’s self-described sci-fi documentary, Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise), chronicles the lives of three Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong. It shows the womens’ ritual of digitally transmitting their stories and messages back home. Much of the footage comes from Paradise, an all-seeing drone spirit, summoned every Sunday into the heart of Hong Kong where Filipina migrant workers gather to socialize in public space. Voiced by the filmmaker’s mother, who left the Philippines for Canada in the 1970s, Paradise’s character embodies a fluid constellation of themes including community, diaspora, and memory.

 

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