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Transit (2013)

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When Geography and Identity Collide

By Gigi Javier Alfonso

There are constantly moving images of people, the sounds of airports and planes, the vast skies, sands and seas where people find their way in the rough journey for better lives…they are in transit. The story starts in the airport with father and son moving about. Still not knowing whether they are on their way home to the Philippines or they are off to fly to another country. The narrative continuously flows and slowly brings us back to the uncertain day-to-day life of the Filipino worker struggling to understand, integrate and make meanings of belonging to a not-too-familiar culture. They also find themselves in small lived-in quarters begging for rest where they can breathe peace even if only for a while. It is a place for hiding, for bonding and reenergizing before they step outside to claim a space once again in an unwelcoming land. Read complete review

Transnational Filipinos In Exile

By Mike Rapatan

Hannah Espia’s Transit is a complex film with a minimalist style that masks its multi-faceted subject. It is intimate in its characterization yet it is global in its reach. It is refreshingly laconic yet it is eloquent in its discourse on the Filipino diasporic experience. It is understated yet it is forceful in its critique of State programs to rein in the growth of migrant families.Read complete review