Reel Asian Film Festival Screening: A Piece of Paradise

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 20172:30PM - 4:00PMInnis Town Hall Theatre
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, ON
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*The registration for this event has now been closed. Rush tickets will be available but entries are not guaranteed. Please arrive 30 minutes before the show at the Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (entrance off of St. George St.).*

Canada 2017
English, Tagalog and Bisaya with English subtitles
PG • World Premiere

Patrick Alcedo

Em-Em, Betsy, Norly, Bimboy, and Darrell

Canada is a nation of immigrants, and it comes as no surprise that many Canadians share more than one homeland. For many Filipinos, family members living and working overseas is commonplace, and yet the strain of being apart is never easy. When your heart is torn between two places you love, how do you find your piece of paradise?

For five years, director Patrick Alcedo captures the everyday life of Norlyn, Em-Em, and Betsy as they navigate living and working in Toronto while dreaming of the day they can visit the Philippines again. Alcedo’s film follows Betsy as she juggles multiple different contract jobs each day, Em-Em as she cares for a Jewish family’s children while working on her papers, and Norlyn as she raises her moody teenage son on her own. Their struggles are real but the women are resilient, knowing that their faith, community and especially their sense of humour, will help them through the challenges.

A tribute to countless foreign domestic workers, A Piece of Paradise is a film for anyone who understands that home can be made in two places, and the yearning for it can cause a homesickness that may never be fully remedied.

Patrick Alcedo is an associate professor in the Department of Dance at York University, and is a recipient of the Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award. Currently, he is working on a short documentary film about the lives of underprivileged ballet dancers living in poor urban districts of Manila, who dream of dancing professionally abroad.

The film screening will be followed by a conversation between the filmmaker and Professor Rachel Silvey, Richard Charles Lee Director of the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Please note, registration opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please arrive early as all tickets become void as of 15 minutes before showtime.

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Cinema Studies Institute

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