My 104 year old grandmother Jessie,was at the epicenter of events that shaped the 20th century Philippines and posseses a unique perspective on how her adoptive country and the world has evolved since.
I believe its important to share stories and insights of the generation that lived the pre-war world and survived WW2. I made this film because I wanted to inspire people to learn more about Philippine history and I believe the detail with which she remembers history brings it to life, making her the perfect voice for that history.
I also feel that the wisdom she has accumulated over a century of life has tremendous relevance in today’s fast-changing world, perhaps now more than ever. It is my hope that her character and story willl remind people of what we have in common and inspire them to be more compassionate to each other. My grandmother has been my anchor and her wisdom
My grandmother’s life has been exceptional and truly unique, and I believe the universal themes which her story touches- romance, marrying into another culture, adventuring to another country at a young age, history, war, saving children and her humanitarianism, will make the film appeal to any audience, regardless of age, gender or nationality.
The film’s title are the words which tie together the endless stories of her life that my grandmother has shared with me and are what I truly believe are core elements to a good, rewarding, happy life. If this film encourages people to live life with an increased sense of curiosity, more inclination towards adventure, and a greater sense of love to each other, then I would have done my job as a storyteller .