Promise and Unrest


February 11th 2010

Premiere of FOMACS Film Promise and Unrest - Jameson Film Festival

19 February @9pm, Cineworld
A film by Alan Grossman and Áine O?Brien, narrated by mother and daughter, Noemi and Gracelle Barredo

Promise and Unrest (2010, 94 min) unravels a familiar yet subtle migration story of maternal sacrifice, loss and love yet to be seen in Irish cinema.
Separated from her daughter Gracelle at 7 months, Noemi Barredo left the Philippines for work in Malaysia to support her parents and extended family before arriving in Ireland in 2000. Filmed over a five-year period Promise and Unrest is an intimate portrayal of a migrant woman performing caregiving and long-distance motherhood, while assuming the responsibility of sole provider for her family back in the Philippines. Dublin may be a long way from Noemi?s hometown of Babatngon, yet she retains a sharp eye on the welfare of her family, attentive to a range of small businesses she has financed, paying for the education of her daughter and son, medication for her terminally ill father and her sister?s nursing degree. Through the camera lens, the film captures the everyday intricacies of Noemi and Gracelle?s relationship, their reunion in Ireland and the beginnings of a domestic life together in the same country for the first time.

Funded by the Irish Film Board and FOMACS
To book tickets, go to the JDIFF website ( or contact the JDIFF Box Office on 01-6877974

Alan Grossman and Áine O'Brien co-direct the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (CTMP) in the faculty of Applied Arts. Áine O'Brien is the Director of the Forum On Migration And Communications (FOMACS).  Their previous films include Silent Song (2000), Here To Stay (2006), and they are co-editiors of the book/dvd Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practise (2007, wallfower press)

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