It Runs in the Family

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:00
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St.
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Joella Cabalu
Canada (BC)

In English and some Filipino with English subtitles

A young Filipino-Canadian artist, Jay Cabalu is the focus of his sister’s latest documentary, a follow up to her short film Stand Still about her family, which screened at R2R in 2015. Jay and Joella travel from Vancouver, Canada to Oakland, California to Manila, Philippines on a journey to meet their queer relatives.

Viewers are invited into Jay's art studio, as he creates a new collage, which explores identity, his relationship to his family, and sheds light on his struggle with being gay and Roman Catholic. It Runs in the Family is an intimate exploration of acceptance and what the modern queer family can be in the Filipino diaspora.

Recommended for ages 13+

Themes: identity, family, religion, finding your voice

Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grades 8-12. Filmmaker, Joella Cabalu and subject of the documentary Jay Cabalu, will be in attendence to answer questions with the film's producer Cari Green.




Preceded by:

StandStill | Joella Cabalu | Canada (BC) | 2015 | 9 min
In English and some Filipino with English subtitles

A sister feels stuck in the middle between supporting her gay brother in expressing his sexual identity, and considering the viewpoint of her Catholic parents. They say they accept their son's homosexuality, but do not approve of him being in a same-sex relationship.


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