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The Life I Know

Directed by Marie Jamora

Awit, a toddler, is just beginning to understand her place in the world. When the pressure of an incoming new sibling arises, she retreats into her dream space and rediscovers the safety of the life she knew inside her mother’s womb. Inside Awit’s “spirit quest” of identity and security, she realizes her need to accept her new baby brother and to reconnect once again with her mother.



Born and raised in Manila, Marie Jamora began her career directing music videos during the golden age of the Philippine rock scene. After graduating from Columbia University with an MFA in Film, she returned to Asia to direct commercials and television. Her first feature, What Isn’t There, premiered internationally at the Slamdance Film Festival and led her to immigrate to America. Her films, Flip the Record and Harana, won the Grand Jury Awards for Best Narrative Short at Urbanworld and the Sarasota Film Festival, respectively. She is the first Filipina to be accepted into the WB TV Directors’ Workshop and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. She has directed episodes for Queen Sugar (OWN), Good Sam (CBS), All Rise (OWN), The Cleaning Lady (FOX), and is the executive producer and director of Family Style (HBO Max). Marie also founded Cinema Sala, a screening and workshop series that showcases Filipinx artists.

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AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Sun, Oct 16
2:30 pm