Accepted paper:

Manang Nora

Author:

Seng-Guan Yeoh (Monash University)

Paper short abstract:

In the famous mountain resort city of Baguio City, the Philippines, there are an estimated 3,000 street vendors. Manang Nora is one of them and has been vending for the past 20 years. She sells snacks, cigarettes and toys in front of a Chinese language-medium school. To the school children and passersby, she is called "Mother" or "Manang" (elder sister). This film offers a glimpse into the routines and life experiences of Manang Nora. 36' film

Paper long abstract:

In the famous mountain resort city of Baguio City, the Philippines, there are an estimated 3,000 street vendors. Manang Nora is one of them and has been vending for the past 20 years. She sells snacks, cigarettes and toys in front of a Chinese language-medium school. To the school children and passersby, she is called "Mother" or "Manang" (elder sister). This film offers a glimpse into the routines and life experiences of Manang Nora.

This film is part of an ongoing larger comparative visual and ethnographic study on city spaces and street vendors in the Philippines and Indonesia. This particular documentary was filmed over two short periods - in 2006 and 2008.

Manang Nora was selected to be screened recently in the Quebec Ethnographic Film Festival (2009).

36' film

panel P43
Film programme