Monday, January 20, 2020

A Film Festival Dedicated to Overseas Filipinos

When you go to another country, your mind is blown away by how vastly different it is from your own. With every travel, your world slowly expands as you experience a new culture, people, and customs. Despite the new things you're experiencing, there is a part of your being that misses home.

There are a lot of Pinoys who have made a foreign land, like South Korea, their home. If you are an observant person, you will notice that there are a lot of Filipinos going about like a local. Though some are there for studies, there are many who permanently settled down.

The Norm of Overseas Filipinos 

"Overseas Filipino" is a unique term compared to that Overseas Filipino Workers or "OFW". Overseas Filipinos are ethnic Filipinos who permanently living or adopted citizenship of their host country. This group includes students and half-Filipinos as well.

Over the years, South Korea has become a hot destination for living. The attention was brought about by the Hallyu wave where their culture was showcased to the world via movies, television shows, K-Pop, and the like. While it became a popular place to travel, it also have chances of matching multicultural couples.

With the growing influx of OFW in South Korea, there is a growing community of Overseas Filipinos as well. In a country that is foreign, the best way to feel close to home is to be amongst fellow Filipinos as well. This is evident in various communities spread across the world. This sense of home and camaraderie is what lead to a growing Filipino community in Seoul.

A Film Festival For Filipinos in Korea

In fact, the growing Filipino community in South Korea held the Korea Pinoy International Film Festival 2019 (1st KPIFF) in September 27-29, 2019. The aim of the film festival is to achieve social inclusion of overseas Filipinos via culture awareness of Philippine cinema. It is here that the Pinoys living in South Korea were able to watch Filipino films and celebrate different cultures. Films like "Ang Sikreto ng Piso (The Secret of the Philippine Peso)," "Hello Love Goodbye," "You With Me," and "The Luxury Bus" were screened for the attendees.

The films weren't the only exciting things happening during 1st KPIFF. The respective directors, producers, and teams behind the films were present to share their thoughts on their films. Also, to finish up the celebrations there was a prestigious red carpet event in a Pinoy style. It was complete with Filipino Food and cocktails for all the attendees. There was a sari-sari store set up with various snacks to showcase the new service for Pinoys in Korea. The Pinoy Store is actually an online store where you can purchase Filipino products that are hard to come by in Seoul.

The 1st KPIFF is definitely be the first of many. Hopefully, attendees were able to experience a taste of home and at the same time celebrate a culture that is their very own.

Moving Forward for the Advancement of Filipino Diaspora Through Cinema

After the success of Korea Pinoy International Film Festival 2019, a massive appeal by the supporters made the follow up to be a touring event that focuses on the issues of "Migration" and Filipino diaspora across the world. Thus, "Pinoy International Film Festival" is born, which is planned on December 2020.

Stay tuned for more details as we give more details about the film festival dedicated to overseas Filipinos across the world.

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