After a death in the family, the surviving members begin a traditional ritual as a form of honour and healing.
‘Novena’ is based on a poem of the same name, from Shirley’s fourth collection of poetry, Mercy (Turnstone Press, 2019).
Director: Shirley Camia
Poem and vocal: Shirley Camia
Prayer vocals: Estelita Calitis, Gloria Camia, Lucy Carlos
Music composer: Kat Estacio
Motion design: Rosie Holtom
Audio mixing engineer: April Aliermo
Film editor: Viktor Pesenti
Release date: June 30, 2020
Shirley acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
REELpoetry/Houston TX 2021, USA
Video Bardo Festival 2021, Argentina
9th International Video Poetry Festival 2021, Greece
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2020, Canada
Midwest Video Poetry Fest 2020, USA
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival 2020, Germany