The April 26 screening of Paper Dolls at the International Action Center was a successful invitation for the community to begin a dialogue around issues faced by Overseas Filipino Workers. The film provoked the audience to question how their personal histories of migration were affected by the Philippine economy and its accompanying migrant worker population. The conversation eventually led to an understanding that the story of the Paper Dolls is universal and replays itself in local narratives where migrant workers seek communities for support and familiarity. Ultimately, Paper Dolls serves as a testimony to the Filipino peoples’ innate resilience and ability to adapt for survival. FiRE members Charlene and Sandy facilitated the audience driven discussion after Kabalikat co-coordinator, Lorena Sanchez, shared touching accounts of her experience as a domestic worker formerly living and working in Israel.
Again, FiRE would like to urge you to read the New York Times article on OFWs printed in this past weekend’s NYT Magazine. It can be found on our blog at the following URL: http://firenyc.blogspot.com/2007/04/good-provider-is-one-who-leaves-by.html
A deep felt thank you to those who attended FiRE’s first public event! Your support was incredibly appreciated. We would also like to extend our gratitude to AnakBayan, BAYAN, and Pinay Brunch women for filling the crowd! Of course, thank you to the International Action Center for providing the incredible venue.