Diliman

By TJ Collanto

Philippines, United Kingdom | In Filipino, Hiligaynon, Ilocano and English with English subtitles | 2017 | 13 min 36 sec | PG

 

In the moments before a relative’s wedding at a posh London hotel, a Filipino immigrant family dressed to the nines rushes across town to collect and deliver the lavish catering for the reception. The journey ends up being a circuitous and frenetic one, punctuated by squabbles over debt and house rules, resulting in loved ones being left behind. 

Despite the family’s best efforts to stage an event to show how far they have come, their labour continues to embody the false starts, ceaseless grind and unfulfilled ambitions associated with the immigrant experience.

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

TJ Collanto (b. 1992, United States) is a filmmaker based in the Philippines. His research focuses on the Filipino diaspora, and is inspired by his experiences growing up. His works have been screened at international festivals in Glasgow, Uppsala, Odense, and Nijmegen. The script for his next film, Mud April, has been selected for development at the Objectifs Short Film Incubator in 2020.

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