SCREENING AND TALK: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise) by Stephanie Comilang


Stephanie Comilang is an artist living and working between Toronto and Berlin. She received her BFA from Ontario College of Art & Design. Her documentary based works create narratives that look at how our understandings of mobility, capital and labour on a global scale are shaped through various cultural and social factors.

 
DateFriday, January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Cost

Free

Location

Rm. 320 OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West

Please join us for a screening and talk with artist Stephanie Comilang

Artist name:  Stephanie Comilang

Title of film: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise)

The year - 2016

Length - 25:46 min

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me Paradise) is a science fiction documentary that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a newplace. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feelher purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During theweek she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut.

On Sundays, Central becomes a pivotal place for Paraiso and the three protagonists asthousands congregate to create a space of female care-giving, away from their employers'homes where they live and work full time. From early morning to night, the women occupythese spaces normally used for finance and banking into spaces where they relax over food,drinks, manicures, prayer, and dance. Only when the women gather en masse is the signal strong enough to summon Paraiso to them for download.

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze like structures that the Filipina migrants re-imagine and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect - to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future.

DateFriday, January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Cost

Free

Website Location

Rm. 320 OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West

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Friday, January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please join us for a screening and talk with artist Stephanie Comilang

Artist name:  Stephanie Comilang

Title of film: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise)

The year - 2016

Length - 25:46 min

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me Paradise) is a science fiction documentary that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a newplace. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feelher purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During theweek she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut.

On Sundays, Central becomes a pivotal place for Paraiso and the three protagonists asthousands congregate to create a space of female care-giving, away from their employers'homes where they live and work full time. From early morning to night, the women occupythese spaces normally used for finance and banking into spaces where they relax over food,drinks, manicures, prayer, and dance. Only when the women gather en masse is the signal strong enough to summon Paraiso to them for download.

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze like structures that the Filipina migrants re-imagine and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect - to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 320 OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West
Cost: 
Free
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