Labour migration, diasporic intimacy and belonging in Maren Wickwire’s documentary together apart

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Abstract

Maren Wickwire’s documentary film Together Apart explores institutional discrimination against migrant workers in Cyprus through the personal narratives of its Filipina protagonists. At the same time, the film brings attention to the women’s intimate relationships formed in the diaspora. By analyzing how these moments of diasporic intimacy challenge the logics of institutional discrimination, this paper seeks to re-evaluate heteronormative understandings of attachment. The paper explores, first, institutional discrimination against migrants in Cyprus, second, the (unfortunately) negligible contribution of Cypriot films and films about Cyprus so far in addressing this issue, third, the significance of Wickwire’s cross-border filmmaking practices, and lastly, it calls into question conventional logics of family, belonging and nationhood that fuel discrimination by demonstrating the border-defying powers of diasporic intimacy in Together Apart.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-132
Number of pages28
JournalCyprus Review
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Belonging
  • Cyprus
  • Documentary film
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Intimacy
  • Labour migration
  • Nationalism
  • Philippines
  • Transnational motherhood

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