No Permanent Address

The stories of beings with no permanent address (have lost their habitat) are told through two songs, on different sides of the Pacific Ocean: “O Rai Timor” (Tetun) and “Lawas Ka Pinabli” (Pangasinan). It's a story about language and power, biodiversity, love, friendship, ocean as method, the capacity to repair that which has been broken, capacity to resist domination, and capacity to survive.

  • Joy Siapno
  • Diosa Siapno
  • Joy Siapno
  • Diosa Siapno
    Key Cast
  • Jon Sabaten Siapno
    Key Cast
    "Musician, Lawas Kan Pinabli"
  • Drew Beevers
    Key Cast
  • Nino Pereira
    Key Cast
    "Musician, O Rai Timor"
  • Manny Ceralde
    Key Cast
  • Cora Balolong
    Key Cast
  • Fernando La Sama
    Key Cast
  • Joy Siapno
  • Brennan Hubbell
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Joy Siapno

This is Joy Siapno’s first film. She is originally from Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines where she grew up being fined .10 cents per every Pangasinan word she spoke in school. She teaches Southeast Asian History & Cultures in the Global South Studies and Environmental Studies Programs in Kumeyaay unceded territory, UC San Diego.

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Director Statement

We were told that our mother tongues (Tetun and Pangasinan) cannot represent meaningful knowledge. I made this film for my son whose mother tongue is Tetun, my mom (87) whose mother tongue is Pangasinan, and for everyone out there who are reclaiming their languages, have lost their habitat, have no permanent address, care deeply about biodiversity, and for whom music is home.