Special Screenings


Edition: QCinema 2018
Country:   USA/Philippines
Year: 2018
Genre: Documentary
TRT: 102m
Rating: PG


Filmmakers Maria Threese Serana and Charles Musser move back and forth between two countries - the Philippines and the United States - whose relationship was forged by war and a half century of colonization. Their lives between two cultures is documented through a family album. This intimate portrait moves outward to engage scholars, archivists, and filmmakers on the nature of family photography and how they deploy and use their personal and professional lives. The documentary is a reflection on the construction, nature and meaning of family photography.

Charles Musser, Maria Threese Serana
Charles Musser
Executive Producer
Thomas Allen Harris
Nick Deocampo, Lorna Johnson
Official Accounts

Charles Musser, Maria Threese Serana

Charles Musser is a professor of Film and Media Studies, American Studies and Theater Studies at Yale University. His documentary Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter, which premiered at the 1982 New York Film Festival, was followed by a trilogy of books on American early cinema, including the award-winning The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (1990). More recently, Charlie has published Politicking and Emergent Media: US Presidential Elections of the 1890s (2016) and contributed an essay on Philippines cinema to Early Cinema in Asia (2017), edited by Nick Deocampo.

Threese Serana taught Political Science at University of the Philippines-Cebu for many years. After moving to the United States in 2005, she has worked as a public school teacher, environmental educator and filmmaker.

Screening Schedule

  • 10/26 Fri
    4:00p Gateway Cineplex 7

Schedule subject to change, please check with the cinemas on the day of screening. Full schedule here.

The QCinema International Film Festival 2018 will be held on October 21-30, 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines.