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Dear Nanay

Directed by Frances Grace Mortel

A love letter to her grandmother, this experimental documentary explores the filmmaker’s early memories in the Philippines and her search for refuge from pandemic anxiety and domestic claustrophobia.




Frances Grace Mortel (she/her) is a Filipino/a/x photographer, filmmaker, and community worker. Previously a production designer/art director in the Philippines, she is currently the Communications Specialist for APIC Spokane, a board member of Spokane Film Project, and an artist member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and Filipino American Artist Directory.

The challenges of being a mother, immigrant, and queer artist of color fuel her desire to tell and amplify stories that examine intersectional truths, explore intergenerational identities, and inspire social justice.

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AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Fri, Oct 14
1:30 pm