|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
Transit explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms over their lives. Janet, a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half Israeli daughter and a nephew who is the most vulnerable to the deportation law because he is under the age of five. Transit examines what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger, within one\'s home and in a foreign land.
Director Hannah ESPIA chose Israel over her homeland the Philippines as the setting for her debut film. There are Filipinos living
in Israel in such desperate situations. The Filipino immigrant workers in Israel live in constant fear because once their work visas
expire they no longer have the right to work there, let alone to remain in the country. Moses came to Israel with his family but
became a single dad to his son, Joshua after his wife left him for an Israeli man. He works as a home-care nurse and lives with
Janet who raises her teenage daughter alone by taking on odd menial jobs. Janet’s young relative, Tina who has arrived looking
for work, live together with them in their precarious home. The Israeli government has passed a law forcing children of overseas
workers who are below five years of age to be deported back to their homelands. Yael, whose father is Israeli, goes to school and
embarks on a romance with a local boy; however, she is always confused about her true self. Although Joshua was born in Israel
like his classmates, he must be deported straightaway if he is discovered by the government officials, no matter how well he can
recite difficult passages from the Talmud. They live together but find themselves in different situations and have different beliefs.
To one another they are at once family that seems like strangers and strangers that seem like family. In Israel, where immigrant
workers face threats of deportation while the promise of settlement is absent, the world must be viewed differently depending on
what situation one is in. Transit examines the same incident from each person’s point of view. [LEE Angela]
Hannah ESPIAHannah ESPIA
Born in 1987 in Manila, Philippines. After graduating from the University of the Philippines Film Institute in 2012, Hannah Espia’s thesis film Ruweda, won the Audience Choice Award at the 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Her first feature, Transit, premiered at the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2013 to critical acclaim, and won ten awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Audience Choice.