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Margarita Island

Directed by Marion Aguas
  • Subtitled
  • 2021
  • 1.5 mins
  • World premiere

A metaphor for diaspora: a Filipinx girl takes a trip to Coney Island and discovers icons of her ancestors on the beach. She retells a story that has been passed down through her family as she recontextualizes ancestral wisdom in her home in New York.

Marion Aguas AKA Marion Prinsesa uses she/they/siya pronouns and is a trans Filipinx tomboy filmmaker and photographer. Originally from Tongva / Los Angeles, she is based on unceded Lenape land / Queens NY. Centering her process of healing through colonial and intergenerational traumas, she uses the camera as a tool for exploration. Her work bears witness to how the intersections of identity, gender, and diaspora are a never ending conversation between her and her community. Through still and moving images, she captures then grounds the magic she has found through queerness and her found family.

She has works frequently with her community and organizations such as W.O.W. Project NYC (@wowprojectnyc) , Asian American Feminist Collective (, GABRIELA NY (@gabrielanewyork), and Planned Parenthood NYC. Her work has been shown in Red Hook Labs and Theory’s flagship store in Soho, New York. She has been published in PAPER, VICE, slant’d, & gal-dem.

She loves a good story, please please please tell her one

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Shorts Program IV: Scenes from Home

Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening Moderator: Justin Ricafort