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