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'Promise and Unrest' chronicles a migration story of maternal sacrifice and love labour. Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi Barredo left the Philippines for work in Malaysia to support her parents and extended family before arriving in Ireland in 2001. Filmed over a five-year period Promise and Unrest is an ethnographic portrayal of a migrant woman performing caregiving and long-distance motherhood, while assuming the responsibility of sole provider for her family back in the Philippines. Dublin may be a long way from Noemi’s hometown of Babatngon, yet she retains a sharp eye on the welfare of her family, attentive to a range of small businesses she has financed, paying for the education of her daughter and son, medication for her terminally ill father and her sister’s nursing degree. Through the camera lens, home video footage and mother-daughter scripted voice-over narration, the film captures the material and emotional dimensions of global care work, the transnational reach of Noemi and Gracelle’s relationship situated in a wider familial context, together with their reunion in Ireland and the beginnings of a domestic life together in the same country for the first time.

Alan Grossman & Aine O'Brien
2010 | 79’ | Ireland | DV

Director Introduction | Alan Grossman & Aine O'Brien

Alan Grossman is a British ethnographic filmmaker and Director of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology (www.ctmp.ie). He has a longstanding production involvement with questions of migration and cultural identity across different transnational contexts. He co-directed 'Silent Song' (2000, UK) about an exiled Kurdish musician in Scotland who, in 1976, refused to perform at a Ba’athist Party convention in Baghdad, together with 'Here To Stay' (2006, 72 min, Ireland), an observational film capturing the expression of migrant political agency and transgendered identities in multiracial Ireland. He is co-editor with Áine O’Brien of a combined book/DVD-ROM titled Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice (Wallflower Press, 2007). Áine O’Brien is an Irish ethnographic filmmaker, academic and Director of the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS, www.fomac.org She co-directed a performative documentary film ('Silent Song', UK, 2000) on Kurdish lyrical protest in Europe and is co-director/researcher of an ethographic film on the subject of economic migration into Ireland ('Here to Stay', Ireland, 72 mins, 2006).

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