The NFB is really bringing it to our festival this year. This feature documentary is an absolutely wonderful cultural experience, a moving and highly watchable look at the challenges of being Filipino in Labrador. A growing number of such workers have migrated to Happy Valley-Goose Bay for new opportunities. This film follows a bunch of these folks as they deal with homesickness, punishing cold, and the strange sparseness of the Big Land—not to mention the absence of adobo, sisig, and pata. But never mind, these bright, aspiring people are adjusting in one way or another, and in so doing are also changing the way Labradorians see themselves. In opening their hearts so generously to the camera they give us so much optimism and inspiration about the future. This really is an object lesson in cultural integration—relevant, poignant, and, above all, hopeful. Should be required viewing for the whole wide troubled world.
Directors: Rohan Fernando, Tamara Segura, Justin Simms
Writer: Michael Crummey
Producers: Rohan Fernando, Annette Clarke
Runtime: 70 minutes
Country: Canada (NL)