1st Place, Film

This film employs the act of doing laundry, in its habitual, cyclical mundaneness, to reflect a deep longing for a cultural heritage under the strain of constant, quiet erasure. Invoking two voices, mother and daughter, Tagalog and English, I choose to render this immigrant experience through the insecurities surrounding language, and its intimate relation to generational relationships. As both acts offer clarity and exhaustion in tandem, this lived reality reveals a duality in my experiences of belonging, ones I can view as my own often only by squinting at them.