'A Piece of Paradise': The struggle of Pinay workers in Canada

Christine Santos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 15 2019 04:46 AM

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TORONTO - In celebration of National Women's Month, a special screening for documentary film "A Piece of Paradise" was held in Toronto.

The film followed 3 Filipino women for several years as they built their lives as immigrants and foreign domestic workers in Toronto.

The film, which was written, produced, and directed by Dr. Patrick Alcedo, earned best first feature film and centennial best Canadian film from local award-giving bodies.

"As an anthropologist, it was important for me to really share what is Filipino culture in Canada but from people’s lives. I wanted to have the message of resilience, I wanted to create a film na empowering... may ability ang tao to overcome," Alcedo said.

One of the key people featured in the documentary was the adolescent son who embodied the second generation of Filipino-Canadians who are no longer connected to their roots.

"Perhaps I wanted to show that message that as Filipinos with first generation parents, in a way, it’s important for you to know where they also came from because that’s part of who you are," Alcedo added.

The story of challenges and victories in Alcedo's film hopes to inspire Filipino women to continue to be resilient in the face of adversity and relentless in their pursuit of paradise.

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