Winner of the Best Picture Award at Cinemalaya 2013

2013 / Drama

Principal Cast

Irma Adlawan, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez


Hannah Espia

Recently selected as the Philippines’ official entry in the best foreign language film category of the 2014 Academy Awards, TRANSIT weaves together the stories of one Filipino family living in Tel Aviv under the threat of a new deportation law.

When the Israeli government begins deporting the children of migrant workers, Janet, a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael—a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance, and Joshua, a four-year old boy left in her care.  Working outside of the city as a caregiver, Moises, the young boy’s father, struggles between providing for his son and protecting him from the authorities. The film also explores the life of Tina, a young woman who arrives in Tel Aviv to start a new life and resides with Janet.  With the constant threat looming over their precarious lives, the film examines what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger, within one’s home and in a foreign land.