about the project
Who is the Filipino woman? This is a question no single Filipina can answer alone. I aim to work with other Filipino women to collectively reflect on this question and create movement that expresses our celebrations of being a Filipina.
This project will use the medium of film to explore and highlight the strength in these soft qualities, challenge our critical minds, foster conscious social behaviours to celebrate the traditional and contemporary Filipino woman.
Maria Clara has become a byword in Filipino culture for the traditional, feminine ideal. She is a character in our National hero's book, "Noli Me Tangere," and is known to be demure, modest, loyal, and self-effacing. Picture the liberating image of a group of female bodies in a vast Filipino setting- celebrating their own ideas of womanly ideals as well as depicting the "soft" qualities of Maria Clara in such a way that highlights their beauty and strength.
- Tin Gamboa, project creator
what we did
local filpina dancers
In January 2018, we held an open jam and call for dancers to join the film project. All 10 women were accepted into the cast.
After two weeks of rehearsals (with studio space generously donated by Nina Anonas), the dancers and crew travelled to a coconut farm in Lipa, Batangas to film the work over 3 days, utilizing local Filipino videographers.
Employing artists in both Canada and the Philippines, this cultural and compositional research is pertinent to Canadian culture as well, given how diversity and acceptance of other cultures is a core value of Canada. In fact, among the diverse residents of British Columbia, there are 94,000 Filipinos that reside in Greater Vancouver alone.
how you helped
if you joined us at despedida
more thank yous from us to you! This night of film and food was a wonderful time of community and helped to spread awareness about the project!
Thanks to your generous donations, your contributions ensured that we were able to pay artists at industry standards, and assisted in providing meals, transportation and accommodations during the film shoot!
despedida: a night of film, food & music
(to benefit the mariaclara project)
despedida: to send someone off
When: December 17th
Where: Left of Main, 211 Keefer St.
bar opens at 7:30pm
films start at 8pm
- a selection of short films by Tin Gamboa, with additional films commissioned by Festival of Recorded Movement from Ralph Escamillan, Heather Lamoureux & Jamie Robinson
- musical guest Wallgrin
- traditional Filipino food
Discounted tickets for $16 available until december 14th
after december 14th, $20
credit/Visa debit available online
cash/credit only at the door