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Virtual Balikbayan Box, 14:44 min, Phillipines 2015

Lola Abrera

This collaborative film project conveys the experiences of female OFWs who work as caregivers or domestic workers abroad. A “Balikbayan box” is a kind of a care package, a corrugated box overseas Filipinos send to their loved ones containing presents and sundry goods. These boxes are the prime symbol for the transnational existence many Filipino families share. The filmmaker invited the participants of her film to contribute through mobile phone video diaries, pictures, artworks, and even Facebook messages sent to the Virtual Balikbayan Box Facebook page.