In Lebanon, it is the norm for every house to have a housemaid. Most of the housemaids come from one of three countries - Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, or the Philippines. They usually have left all that is familiar to them, at a young age, to come work in Lebanon to support their own and their families’ dreams. Many stay for 5+ years, save up their money, and leave all grown up back to their respective countries.
I sat down with Woodynesh, my grandmother’s housemaid, and interviewed her on what keeps her going as she has been working for her for over 5 years. She ran away to Lebanon because she didn’t want to get married at the age of 17. All of us have our ways to get through hard times, but her positive attitude, faith, and simple formula, inspired me to share the interview with all of you.
This project spanned only 2 days. Which included filming her working for a couple hours, recording the interview, and editing. I didn’t bring my camera with me, so I used what I had - the iPhone 8.
To think that 6 months prior to this project this was just a concept with the aim to share the intangible feeling we all can relate to through tango and to now have it be realized through collaborating with Maria Filali & Gianpiero Ya Galdi has been such a rewarding experience. Here is what we have created together. Hope you all find something to connect to in this piece.
Dancers - Gianpiero Ya Galdi & Maria Filali
Portland tango festival 2018
Will you let Portland inspire your tango journey? Watch this final teaser for Portland Tango Festival 2018 to see how Alex Krebs, Hannah Grenfell, Nancy Hayes, Chris Wenham, Wei Hsueh 薛瑋, Jenna, Yelizaveta Nersesova, Michael Pleasonton, Jingzi Zhao, Bassel Hamieh, and Remanda Shang danced their hearts out in the city of Portland. Portland Tango Festival 2018 is less than a month away and it's not to be missed, so book your tickets here: www.portlandtangofest.com. We would like to extend a big thank you Oliver Gifford for the beautiful voice over, Kathrine Segnitz for the beautiful singing at the end, and everyone who has participated in our short videos. Portland Tango is truly special. www.portlandtangofest.com.