Promise and Unrest

Promise and Unrest

Through struggle and sacrifice migrant women often stand as sole breadwinners in the transnational family. Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi Barredo left the Philippines for work in Malaysia before arriving in Ireland in 2000. Filmed over a five-year period, 'Promise and Unrest' is an intimate portrayal of a migrant woman performing caregiving and long-distance motherhood, while assuming the responsibility of providing for her extended family in the Philippines. Through the camera lens, the film observes the everyday contours of Noemi and Gracelle’s relationship, their subsequent reunion in Ireland through the `right to family reunification‘, and the beginnings of a domestic life together in the same country for the first time. The film’s narrative arc is shaped by the mother-daughter voiceover scripted by Noemi and Gracelle themselves, deliberately staged in two languages: the mother tongue Waray dialect spoken by Noemi in dialogue with an emerging adolescent and accented English – a new and acquired idiom that Gracelle is forced to learn in a new country.


Best Film, ETNOFILm3, Festival Etnografskog Filma, Rovinj, Croatia, April, 2011

Official Selections

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, World Premiere, Real to Reel Section, February 2010

DMZ DOCS, Korean Documentary Film Festival, International Competition, Paju City, September, 2010

Cambridge Film Festival, September, 2010

'People on the Move: Migration Cinema in Israel and Europe', Cinemateque, Tel Aviv, Israel, September, 2010

16th International Film Festival ETNOFILM ČADCA, Slovakia, Main Section, October, 2010

San Diego Asian Film Festival, Jury Competition, USA, October, 2010

Waterford Film Festival, Ireland, November, 2010

ETNOFILm3, Festival Etnografskog Filma, Rovinj, Croatia, April, 2011

Women Make Waves, Migration Film Festival, Tapei, Taiwan, May 2011

31st International Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) Film Festival, University of St Andrews, Scotland, August, 2011

Days of Ethnographic Cinema, Russian Research Institute of the Cultural and National Heritage, Moscow, September, 2011

Taiwan Ethnographic Film Festival, Tapei, October, 2011

Jean Rouch International Film Festival, Paris, November, 2011

Capital Irish Film Festival, Solas Nua, Washington, USA, December, 2011


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