Thursday 14 November 2013

Filipino-flavoured Oscars

The three Filipino entries to the Oscar Awards seem interesting: Transit, Metro Manila and Ilo Ilo.

Hannah Espia's Transit will be very real to so many of our Filipino friends here in the Holy Land. It is the story of Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herlzliya, Israel. Moises returns to his apartment in Tel Aviv to celebrate his son Joshua's fourth birthday, and discovers that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers. This is no mere story: such things have happened.

Metro Manila is a Filipino-British film set entirely in the Philippines. Directed by British filmmaker Sean Ellis, it is about a poor family that comes to the big city in search of a better life.

Then there is Singaporean entry to the Oscars, Ilo Ilo. The film is set in Singapore, and involves a Pinay caregiver-nanny Teresa who has to adopt a bipolar personality in dealing with the spoiled brat son Jiale, the pregnant mother Hwee Lang, and the unemployed father Teck.


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