ABOUT THE FILM
Without fail, residents of Kalibo, the capital town of the province of Aklan in the central Philippines, celebrate with their visitors and guests the Ati-atihan Festival every third week of January to honour both the indigenous Atis and Santo Niño, the Holy Child Jesus. Here, Aklanon Patrick Alcedo brings together lives of four participants – disparate in the everyday but interlocked during the Ati-atihan through street dancing and their understandings of dance as prayer and an embodiment of cultural identity.
Ati-atihan Lives offers a complex and moving picture of a community’s religious beliefs that though different from each other are similarly linked by power, politics and the enduring cultural and historical influence of the West. Partnered by these participants, it illustrates what it means to practice those faiths in relation to others, especially to those who are still socially marginalized.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Dr. Patrick Alcedo is Associate professor in the Department of Dance at York University. He is a recipient of the Young Professional Award given by the Filipino Centre of Toronto for his outstanding contribution to the Filipino-Canadian community. Alcedo has also been awarded Fulbright Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, and a Social Science Humanities Research Council Research/Creation Grant for his work on performance, immigrant identities and emotional labour among Filipino caregivers in Toronto.