After a death in the family, the surviving members begin a traditional ritual as a form of honour and healing.

‘Novena’ is based on a poem of the same name, from Shirley’s fourth collection of poetry, Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019).

Director: Shirley Camia
Poem and vocal: Shirley Camia
Prayer vocals: Estelita Calitis, Gloria Camia, Lucy Carlos
Music composer: Kat Estacio
Motion design: Rosie Holtom
Audio mixing engineer: April Aliermo
Film editor: Viktor Pesenti

Release date: June 30, 2020

Shirley acknowledges the gracious support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


Toronto International Women Film Festival 2023, Canada

Guam International Film Festival Select Showcase 2023, Guam

Quilmes Arts Week 2022, Argentina

Film and Folklore Festival 2022, Trinidad and Tobago

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2022, USA

Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle 2022, USA

Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2021, USA

REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2021, USA

VideoBardo Festival 2021, Argentina 

9th International Video Poetry Festival 2021, Greece 

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2020, Canada

Midwest Video Poetry Fest 2020, USA

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020, Germany