VANCOUVER – Fil-Canadian director Angelina Cantada's short documentary film about three admired lesbian politicians in Vancouver was a success.
The film titled “Powerful Out Women: On the Campaign Trail” featured Member of Parliament Libby Davies, Mabel Elmore, Vancouver-Kensington Member of Legislative Assembly, and former Vancouver City Councilor Ellen Woodsworth—three lesbian politicians in three levels of government in Canada.
The documentary chronicled the lives and journey of these powerful out women in the world of politics and public service and their fight against homophobia.
“I couldn't have asked for a better opening night for Powerful Out Women. It’s a short film that I worked on for 3 years and then tonight, I was finally able to share it with people,” said Cantada.
Cantada was inspired to make the film after seeing the women in action. She noted there was a lack of lesbian role models in the Philippines when she was growing up.
She added the Philippines has yet to accept openly gay and lesbian people in high positions.
“I wanted to make this film so that young queer women can know that they can be out and proud and be successful in the same time in whatever field they choose,” she said.
Cantada's partner Elmore feels honored to be in the film with her role models, Davies and Woodsworth.
“She really wanted it to be a positive film that will inspire particularly young women and show them positive role models and hopefully make a difference in their lives,” Elmore said.
Woodsworth, for her part, was all praises for Cantada. She said the film showed their struggle for social change.
Cantada said it was very hard to choose from 60 hours of footage but she feels proud of the final cut, showcasing the great work of three powerful out women.