AWI Short Film Competition


Nanay is a 5 minute documentary following two Filipino Canadians who recount their experiences as children of Filipina migrant workers. Their stories unveil the alienation, confusion, and trauma that impacts immigrant Filipino Canadian families within which mothers are separated from husbands and children for many years because of labour migration and labour export policy.

Content heads up: stigma

Director: Thea Loo

Thea Loo is a producer and director from Vancouver BC with a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University. She is a participant of the Reelworld Producers Program, a year long mentorship focused on developing BIPOC producing talent in Canada. This program has helped her put into development “Soule”, a digital dramedy series about Filipino-Canadian sneakerheads and hypebeasts in partnership with co-creator, Moses Caliboso. In 2020 she produced “No More Parties” (Dir. Natalie Murao), created with funding support from the NFB. The short was selected to be part of Canada’s Not Short on Talent at Clermont-Ferrand 2021 cohort and is now available on the TIFF digital platform. In production is “To Make Ends Meat 結束肉”, a documentary project which won funding from the Richard K Wong Film Fund and will premiere this fall at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. In all her work within the Vancouver independent film community Thea is dedicated to producing narratives that highlight under-represented communities in Canadian media and in particular, Asian Canadian experiences.

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Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...


Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...


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