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Bumalik - A Filipino language documentary by MC de Natividad


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MC de Natividad interviews, Malaya Marcelino, MLA for Notre Dame, for the documentary film, Bumalik

Bumalik, a Filipino language documentary, will be shown on Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.

Bumalik (“to go back” in Filipino) is the debut film of Winnipeg-based emerging director/producer MC de Natividad. The documentary follows de Natividad, who immigrated to Winnipeg from the Philippines when she was four years old, on her journey to reclaim her lost language and identity. The film also features Filipino Winnipeggers, namely, MLA for Notre Dame, Malaya Marcelino and School Trustee, Perla Javate, who share their insights regarding the issues surrounding language loss within the Filipino community.

According to de Natividad, “The documentary is possible through the generosity of the Winnipeg Film Group, IATSE 856 BIPOC Artist’s Film Fund, an award that provides $10,000 towards production as well as mentorship support for emerging BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Colour) filmmakers to create a new short film.”

De Natividad is the fund’s inaugural winner. As part of her commitment to increasing representation within the film industry, de Natividad said she hired an all-BIPOC production and post-production crew to help make the documentary. Preceding Bumalik will be a selection of short films by local filmmakers from the BIPOC community.

The film also received further support through the Manitoba Film & Music Grant Program for Emerging Talent & Micro-Budget Production and the National Film Board’s Filmmaker Assistance Program.

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