Touching on labour, activism, migration, and self-perseverance, these films are not just untold narratives; they are lived experiences.
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In Manila, a group of young Filipinos dreams of making it big in the ballet world. Amidst the city’s disparate social class, ballet teacher Luther hopes to lift his students out of poverty through artistic and life skills one learns from dancing.
Patrick Alcedo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at York University and holder of the Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario. Dancing Manilenyos is Alcedo’s 6th documentary film that he has directed, written, and produced.
*Alexandra Tse • Canada • 2018 • 7 min • English
This Toronto-based documentary centres on three drag queens and their experiences around consent, body, and identity.
Alexandra Tse is a creative filmmaker, photographer, and cinematographer living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies at Ryerson University.
EAST: A RELATIONSHIP
*Noor Khan • Canada • 2018 • 2 min • English with English Subtitles
Noor Khan dedicates EAST: A Relationship to her connection with the land. East, is where Khan comes from, the Middle East & South Asia, as well as her location in relation to Toronto, i.e. Scarborough. Full of powerful imagery that touch upon her lived experiences, Khan’s short yet resonating film underlies a critical understanding of oneself, community, and accountability to land.
Noor Khan is a Scarborough-based community-engaged researcher, screenwriter, and overall digital artist. Khan looks to writing and art as forms of reflection and resolution of personal and communal challenges.
Full of food and hopes, this documentary follows three Asian-Europeans from different generations who recount their ongoing experiences as immigrants in their country.
Megan Lau is an aspiring filmmaker from the small town of Martinez, California. Lau is working towards a career supporting the Asian-American community in Los Angeles and to eventually start her own production company with Ukkei Entertainment.
JOURNEYS, DEAR DAD
Syafiq Jaafar • Canada, Singapore • 2017 • 3 min • English, Malay with English Subtitles
Syafiq Jaafar’s poetic documentary combines his memories with those of his late father’s. The two sets of footage connect as a single recollection, flowing in and out of sync to represent the rhythms and flows of a parent-child relationship.
Syafiq Jaafar has produced numerous media works that explore his Singaporean identity and South East Asian heritage through experimentation with analog film, traditional animation, projections, and virtual reality. This can be seen in his works for the Singapore Police Force, BBC, MTV Asia and for Singapore’s Mediacorp Brodcasting Network. Jaafar holds a BFA in Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Arts + Design.
Manila is considered the number one call centre of the world. However, what are the deeper implications behind this statistic in relation to globalization, labour, and capitalism?
Alexander Humilde was born and raised in Canada. He is a Hot Docs alumni and focuses his work on transnational, contemporary Philippines issues.
Gopal Shivakoti • Nepal • 2018 • 13 min • Nepali with English Subtitles
Once labelled as “social pollutants”, members of Nepal’s LGBTIQ+ community have fought for their current social and political rights including legal recognition of a third gender. In the second phase of elections to the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, Pinky Gurung, a transwoman and activist, is running her campaign to represent the transgender community in hopes to create more spaces for the voices of the LGBTIQ+ community to be heard.
Gopal Shivakoti is a documentary filmmaker from Nepal. He has been working in films and digital media since 2004.
Raised in 1960s Hong Kong, Ka Foon Chau faced the bias of her elders who attempted to discourage her interest in the academics. Through a small gesture of support she received from a teacher, Chau built a life and career that moved beyond the restrictive boundaries set by her parents’ generation. She is now ready to fulfill a childhood dream – to see Antarctica.
Joey Chu was born and raised in Hong Kong. Currently based in Los Angeles, Chu continues to refine her artistry of merging quality filmmaking with authentic stories around the world.