“Ugnayan” intimately explores an immigrant’s journey from the Philippines to Canada, challenging conventional narratives. Emotionally charged, the film captures the complexity of leaving home, depicting both the highs and lows. Amidst cultural shifts and adversity, the protagonist’s self-discovery and community connections redefine the immigrant experience, unraveling the power of self-love and human connection.
Erica Olavario is passionate about visual storytelling. Through her production company DIWA—film, photography and UX design—she creates visually stunning and emotionally resonant pieces that capture the essence of our collective experience. Erica’s work aims to promote empathy, understanding, and acceptance; while also showcasing the beauty and diversity of different cultures. In particular, she uses her skills and talents to identify and represent the lives of her Filipino diaspora, to connect with her rich heritage and explore the current human condition. As a recent immigrant to Canada, her creative motivation comes from a striving towards becoming, rather than belonging.
A Q&A panel with the filmmakers will take place after the screening. DIASPORA delves into complex stories of…