Big Boy (2012, 89 min)
Artist Film Workshop + Institute of Postcolonial Studies
Filmmaker Shireen Seno will join Audrey Lam (AFW) and Camila Marambio via Skype after the screening to discuss her film.
The titular character of Shireen Seno’s film is a ten-year boy growing up in a large family in post-war 1950s rural Philippines, where the ‘American Dream’ has been embraced. On the island of Mindoro, Big Boy’s family lay their hopes and dreams into their son’s growth. They are hopeful that the cod liver oil that they are also selling to fellow villagers will prove itself effective. The miracle tonic, its marketability and allure, reflect the colonial might and the tantalising promises of contemporary America and its pop/consumer culture.
Artist Film Workshop (AFW) is an artist collective and not-for-profit organisation which provides access to knowledge and resources for filmmakers and artists in Melbourne. AFW holds regular screenings and workshops for people interested in film or working with sound and vision.
In 2016, AFW presented Kalampag Tracking Agency in Melbourne. Kalampag Tracking Agency is a program of historical and contemporary films from the Philippines and its diaspora, curated by Shireen Seno and Merv Espina.
The performance will be followed by a brief discussion.
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