San Diego Filipino Cinema
Rizzhel Javier (@rizzhel.javier) is a San Diego based artist and educator. Her work explores the intersection of memory, culture and what happens when it falls through the cracks. She uses art to dissect her identity through researching and archiving of her family history.
Her current film Lydia explores the Filipino diaspora through interviews with family and friends between San Diego and the Philippines about her Lola (grandmother). The intersection of these conversations reveal the effects of distance, separation and the changing landscape of the American Dream.
"Working on this project has been healing in a lot of ways. The best thing is learning about my family history through all the different interviews and conversations with people that know my Lola. All the different perspectives gave me the opportunity to learn about who my family was before we migrated to the states. I am filling many gaps in my own history that, before this project, I didn’t realize were missing."
Rizzhel is an instructor that empowers youth through media programs like Reel Voices at Pacific Arts Movement. She is also an instructor at Cal State San Marcos, Southwestern College, and San Diego City College.
Meet and get to know Rizzhel's filmmaking process and journey on her new film "Lydia" on Dec. 7, 1pm at the launch of SDFC's Visions & Voices Panel Discussion program at @newamericansmuseum
🎬Free admission. Limited seats. Click link in our bio to register.
Visions & Voices: Emerging Filipinx Filmmakers, a Panel Discussion is made possible with the help of @thecityofsandiego and @newamericansmuseum and our Community Partners @banyankitchensd @chichocolatsd @passionplanner, Starbucks at Millenia Mall and Trader Joe's Point Loma 💛