Local Filipino Language Documentary Launches Early November 2022

WINNIPEG, MB – The public is invited to attend the premiere of Bumalik (“to go back” in Filipino); it 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 at four-years-old, on her journey to reclaim her lost language and identity. The film will also feature prominent Filipino Winnipegers, such as Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba Malaya Marcelino and community leader Perla Javate, who share their insights regarding the issues surrounding language loss within the Filipino community.

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 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 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.

WHO: Bumalik (to go back), a Filipino language documentary by MC de Natividad

WHEN: Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tickets available in-person at Cinematheque (100 Arthur St.) or online at https://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com/event/bumalik/