QAFF17: It Runs in the Family

Canada. 2015. English

Date: 18th June 2017. Time: 1600-1730. Venue: KLT@SOAS

Watch Trailer Here / Free tickets available here


A young gay Filipino-Canadian artist, Jay Cabalu along with his sister Joella travel from Vancouver, Canada to Oakland, California to Manila, Philippines to meet their other queer relatives to see how they have reconciled their Roman Catholic faith, their sexuality and family relationships. As viewers are invited into Jay’s art studio he creates a new collage art piece and reflects back on his journey and its impact on his struggle with being gay and Roman Catholic. It Runs in the Family is an intimate exploration on acceptance and what the modern queer family can be in the Filipino diaspora.

Movie Screening will be followed by Q&A with Director Joella Cabalu

About Joella Cabalu


Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with an Art History degree from the University of British Columbia (2008) and a graduate of theDocumentary Film Production Program at Langara College (2013). In 2015, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Hot Docs Shaw Media Diverse Voices training program and was also selected for the BC Arts Council Early Career Development pilot program in which she was mentored by veteran producer, Cari Green.

Lastly in June 2015, Cabalu delivered her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family as a producer, director and writer. The film premiered at the Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival in Ontario and screened in major markets in the United States including San Francisco, New York, and Houston, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.