Two immigrant mothers, one newly arrived and one who's settled in BC, unknowingly speak to each other without having met
‘Dreams In Translation’ is a 20-minute documentary that captures a day in the lives of two witty, resilient and warm immigrant mothers in BC and explores the conflict to renegotiate identity in a foreign land, showcasing what it takes to create a home away from home. Through creative voice over, cinematic imagery and animated photos from their past, both women will unknowingly speak to one another without having met before. ‘Shonda’ recently arrived in BC, while Crisanta has lived in the region for the past 35 years, becoming a Canadian citizen. The film will blend interviews with both women and their families, featuring the places they inhabit as they move through their daily lives. In the end both women will meet to share their common ground and stories of hope, struggle and success.
We have an incredible team of talented professionals who can handle every stage of production and are eager to create a highly cinematic, meaningful story that will warm your hearts.
Cristanta Sampang is a Filipino- Canadian filmmaker and writer, who arrived to Canada 30 years ago. Following a heart wrenching decision, she left her three young daughters behind to work as a nanny and live-in caregiver, while attending school at night, following continuing education courses and volunteering in immigrant services during the weekends.. After gaining her permanent resident status, Crisanta landed a job as news researcher in CTV Evening News and enrolled in Vancouver film School to learn filmmaking. In 2005, she published her memoir chronicling her years working as a nanny.
‘Shonda’ arrived to Surrey six months ago from Liberia with her two young children. She left her homeland behind to look for equal opportunities for women and free speech in a democratic country. She juggles a hectic schedule taking care of her children while studying english and upgrading her skills. Her dream is to one day, own her own hairstyle salon.
We plan also to integrate old archival film footage (i.e. Crisanta's childhood in the Philippines) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD_5kDkEw20
We will film our subjects in their homes (and studio) using highly stylized interviews to bring up their unique environments and to fully showcase their personalities.
We will capture Intimate visual images to bring the audience closer to our subjects.
We will film cinematic images of the city of Vancouver, contrasting with images of their homeland, as they move through their daily lives.