Cast: Amihan, Earl Alfred Paus, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Sammay Dizon, Solitaire M., Terrence Paschal
BREATH (HINGA) is a performance ritual film and time capsule honoring the sacred grief, life force, and resiliency of the Bay Area Pilipinx community during COVID-19. Directed by interdisciplinary artist and choreographer SAMMAY with the prayerful poetry of Amihan – this is a community ritual for healing, release, and dreaming for the future we are ushering in.
THIS FILM IS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND.
About the Filmmaker: Sammay Dizon (she/they/siya) is a queer Filipinx-American interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, filmmaker, and cultural producer of Bikol, Kapampangan, and Ilokano descent raised in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and settled in San Francisco, CA/Ramaytush Ohlone Territory. Since 2015, Dizon has created work and performed professionally throughout the Bay Area – touring nationally and internationally through her artistic practice and community facilitation. Founder of SAMMAY (Spiritually Awakened Matriarchal Magick Alchemizing You) Productions, she invokes ancestral healing and ritual within the intersections of dance theatre, performance art, spoken word, music, and film. Dizon has been featured through Bindlestiff Studio, Dance Mission Theater, and Eastside Arts Alliance among others. In 2015, she founded annual intercultural multidisciplinary arts festival Urban x Indigenous (UxI) to collectively realize the potentialities within and through our indigenous traditions and urban contemporary landscapes. Dizon continues to expand UxI’s endeavors within the global indigenous community through critical dialogue, workshops, and public art presentations centered in intercultural and intergenerational exchanges through an intersectional framework.
The HINGA Limited Edition line by SAMMAY x Magpie Alchemy is inspired by the latest short film Hinga which honors the sacred grief and resiliency of the Bay Area Filipinx community in this time of great uncertainty and equally great possibility through movement prayer, spoken word, and performance ritual – conceived and directed by SAMMAY (Spiritually Awakened Matriarchal Magick Alchemizing You).
Brought together by Balay Kreative, this collaboration uplifts the ancestral lineages of both SAMMAY and Jamie Cardenas of Magpie Alchemy – a tapestry of inherited narratives and ancestral wisdom from their grandmothers who were both arbularyos or medicine people from the island of Luzon in what is now known as the Philippines. Created with deep intentions for collective healing and made with the utmost love, care, and integrity – each medicine is meant to alay you (be an ally) in the necessary journey of sacred grief and personal transformation.
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