Film & Video
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A Filipino family’s coming out story

It Runs in the Family screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

It Runs in the Family screens at the 2016 Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

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Vancouver filmmaker Joella Cabalu credits a film she saw several years ago on Christian families grappling with their children coming out as part of her inspiration to direct It Runs in the Family.

“I began to think about what would that story look like for my own family, for an Asian family, for a Filipino immigrant family,” she says.

Daily Xtra caught up with Cabalu and her gay brother Jay to talk about the film, their search for gay relatives, connection and shared understanding in a Catholic society, and the true meaning of family.