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2009-10-05a: Twelve -- 2009 DC Asian Pacific American Film
Embassy of Canada
Washington, DC
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2009-10-05a: Twelve -- 2009 DC Asian Pacific American Film
At the age of 12, Lester Alfonso immigrated from the Philippines to Canada. This event has been forever burned into his memory since it was the point at which he entered the next stage of his life and acquired a new identity. As an adult, Alfonso muses on how this transition affected his sense of belonging and shaped his personal development in a country that became his second home.

Twelve follows Alfonso as he seeks out fellow immigrants that also came to Canada from a range of places such as South Africa, Hungary, and Poland, when they were age 12. Each of the twelve subjects in his documentary, who range in age from 12 to 70, divulge the lessons learned as they retell their stories of immigration, displacement and  settlement over the past several decades. Some, like Alfonso, were brought to the country by families hoping to take advantage of new opportunities. Others came bearing painful memories of violence or poverty in their homeland. Through his interviews and newly forged  friendships with his subjects, Alfonso finds empathy, comfort, and, ultimately, healing for his own soul. --Anna Petrillo

Twelve was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition of the National Film Board of Canada for emerging filmmakers of color.

Preceded by:
The Others, Directed by Aram Collier
I Want To Be A Desi 2, Directed by Allan Tong
Catalog, Directed by Blair Fukumura



Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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Wheelchair Accessible: No


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