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Emily, Mother is the Light of Our Home (Emily, ilaw ng tahanan)

Qumra Projects

/ Short Documentary / Greece, Qatar / 2020 / 19 min
Rated: This film has not been rated.

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Most people keep their trauma locked up inside, but for Emily, a Filipina singer in Doha, opening her “box of trauma” and confronting a painful past is her only chance to break free.

“I live inside a box, but one day I will live outside the box.” This film tells the story of Emily, a 25-year-old Filipina singer in Doha. But this is not about a performance. Instead, it is a real and deeply personal story—a journey of discovery, identity and self-preservation. Most people keep their deepest trauma hidden and locked up inside a box, but for Emily, her “box of trauma” has grown so big that confronting a painful past is the only chance of escaping. The film takes place entirely within a red box. Every night, Emily puts on her best face as she gets on stage to serenade large crowds with her powerful voice. But when the show ends, her nightmares return. Consumed by fear and guilt, Emily seeks to find answers in her bid to break free from the shackles of her past.

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