Across Cultures

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Watch 60 films, 170 excerpts and over 80 archival artefacts selected by NFB specialists as part of this unique project.

When Strangers Re-Unite

When Strangers Re-Unite
1999, director: Florchita Bautista, Marie Boti

Excerpt (4:06)

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It was grandparents who raised Maricel Guinto in the Philippines. Her mother, Este Pusag, had immigrated to Canada to supplement family income. It was harder than Este expected: under Canadian immigration rules she could only do domestic work, although she was a professional nurse. Both the separation and the eventual Canadian reunification of daughter and mother were painful for everyone.