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Migrante: Gripping Story of an OFW’s Nightmare
Almost all Filipinos have an OFW relative: a nurse, a singer, domestic helper, etc. But not all Filipinos realize the ordeal — sometimes, even the kind of hell — these OFWs go through just to keep the family back home alive.
Joel Lamangan’s film, “Migrante (The Filipino Diaspora)” depicts this nightmare — in OFW Frida Mallari’s (Jodi Sta.Maria) blood-curling screams while her Jordanian employer raped her, her lost look, pathetic limp, panic-stricken eyes.
The nightmare spills over to her husband Andy (Allen Dizon), who swallows his pride and asks for plane fare money just to search for the mother of his young children — one of them sick with cancer.
The bad dream visits the children, who cling to their mother before she flies to Israel with bright hopes for their future. It haunts Frida’s retired OFW father (Tony Mabesa) and makes her sister swear to endure poverty instead of living a bad dream abroad.
But the film doesn’t stop at depicting this nightmare. It shows that for every missing wife and mother, there are sympathetic Filipinos who shelter their hapless kababayan. These Filipinos, who are part of Migrante International, which is devoted to help exploited OFWs, become Frida’s saving grace.
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