Jodi Sta. Maria and Allen Dizon previously worked on Migrante, an advocacy film that tackles the hardships being experienced by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
These Pinoy workers are hailed as the “bagong bayani” or modern day heroes of our country for the millions of dollars they infuse into the Philippine economy. They also deal with bouts of homesickness by choosing to work abroad to improve the lives of their families.
In this drama film, Jodi plays a wife and mother who goes to Israel to become a caregiver but she experiences cruelty from her employer.
Bangs Garcia is cast as the mistress of Allen's character who is the husband of Jodi. Other supporting cast members include Luis Alandy, Chynna Ortaleza, Jaime Pebanco, Ryza Cenon, Rich Asuncion, Raquel Villavicencio, and Tony Mabesa.
Both Jodi and Allen were nominated in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories of the 10th Golden Screen Awards for Migrante.
Barbara Miguel just won the FAMAS Best Child actress trophy in the recently concluded 61th Famas Awards for her performance in Migrante.
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Xiti Productions produced Migrante (international title: The Filipino Diaspora), which was partly shot in Israel and Candaba, Pampanga.
Award-winning screenwriter Bonifacio Ilagan explained the rationale behind doing the film Migrante: “We did this film not to discourage our kababayan to go abroad but to show the harsh realities they are confronting. It’s a campaign for the real situation of our OFW kababayan.”
Director Joel Lamangan and the movie’s producers, XITI Productions, feel there is a need to screen Migrante abroad so that OFWs may realize that there are groups who continue to campaign for their just and humane treatment.
Last March, the film was screened in Sydney, Australia; Messina, Italy and New Zealand. In April, the film touched the hearts of OFWs in Milan, Modena, Rome, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Bologna. This May, it will be shown in Vienna, Austria from May 3-5; in London from May 10-12; in Paris from May 18-20 and in Copenhagen, Denmark from May 24-26.
This June, screenings will also be held in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. In July, the film will be shown in Japan as well as Australia namely the cities of Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Darwin.
Canada screenings in Winnepeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Alberta, Montreal and Vancouver are in the planning stage.
Screenings in Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Hawaii, New York and Washington are being set for the last quarter of the year.
Aside from these international screenings, Migrante is also being shown in Philippine universities through the support of NGOs, parishes, and other organizations. XITI Productions is also planning a commercial release of Migrante soon.
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