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The film depicts the story of Filipino Overseas Workers who leave their home country to find work in another country. Many of them work as domestic helpers and are known to be called Modern Day Slaves. They earn a few dollars to support themselves and send the rest of their…
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Restoring the Light - A Rural Doctor Brings Healthcare to Chinese Villagers
A rural eye doctor helps underserved villagers in rural China regain their sight and restore their lives. According to the Chinese, to "restore sight" means to "restore light." A local doctor pours his life savings into a non-profit mobile eye clinic, which benefits several families in the surrounding countryside. A…
Sound of Redemption - Jazz Musician Frank Morgan
By 15 years old, Frank Morgan was an accomplished saxophonist, playing with the likes of Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. As his notoriety grew, so did a steady heroin addiction, landing him in and out of jail for over 30 years. With so much incarcerated musical talent, San Quentin in…
Resilience
Part of the Series: Gender Film Collection
Resilience takes a look at a side of adoption rarely told: what happens after the reunion? Following a Korean birth mother and her American son as they reunite and attempt to build a relationship amidst cultural clashes and unable to speak each others' language, the film follows mother and son…