The protagonists’s father is an OFW since the age of 21. In this film, he is approaching 60. He also has twelve children and the central figure in the story is one of them. She rediscovers her home through family and memories as she goes back to Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
Aleia Garcia is a filmmaker from the Philippines. Her first documentary, Yanbu, competed in the longest running short film festival in Asia,
Gawad CCP for Independent Film and Video and won 3rd place in the documentary section. It also competed and won Best Screenplay in Nabunturan Film Exhibition held at Compostella Valley, Philippines. Spring by the Sea is her first film.