FascinAsian - Anak

Director: Joanne Roberts
Runtime: 8 Minutes 30 Seconds
Language: English & Tagalog

Year of Release: 2021
Country of Origin: Canada

Description: When you look into your mothers eyes, you know that this is the purest love you could find on this earth. But imagine if you will, a world where that isn’t the reality. Imagine a reality where a mothers love is weaponized against you, to be used as a reward, and taken away as punishment. Where the person who is supposed to keep you safe from harm is the one causing it. Furthermore, your culture dictates that it is your responsibility as the child to love and protect your mother. But wait. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? This is where we open Anak.

Writer: Joanne Roberts
Director of Photography: Alexander Decebal-Cuza
Composer: Dexter Artates

FascinAsian - Joanne Roberts

Joanne Roberts

Joanne Roberts has built her career through fiercely advocating for a more inclusive and equitable arts industry. In 2020, she won the prestigious Emerging Filmmakers Pitch Competition at Gimli Film Festival and has since been regularly releasing works in various mediums that challenge and dismantle societal norms. A frequent collaborator with CBC Creator Network, she has broken through the glass ceilings that previously prevented Filipinas and Franco-Canadians from achieving mainstream success, and attained national recognition as an award-winning, powerhouse storyteller.