A film by Hannah Espia

Finalist for the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival (2013)

Official Philippine entry to the 86th Academy Awards (2014)


Transit explores the intersecting stories of Filipinos in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting the children of migrant workers looms their precarious lives. Janet, a domestic worker on an expired visa, struggles to hide her half-Israeli daughter, Yael — a rebellious teenager caught up in a juvenile romance. Most endangered in the situation is four-year old Joshua, whom Janet and Yael protect because the boy’s father, Moises, works on weekdays as a caregiver in the city of Herzliya. The film also explores the life of a young lady, Tina, who arrives to start a new life in Israel.

Transit examines what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger, within one's home and in a foreign land.


Irma Adlawan, Ping Medina, Mercedes Cabral, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Marc Justine Alvarez, and Yatzuck Azuz


9th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (Philippines), 2013

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Audience Choice
  • Seven additional awards (Special Citation — Best Ensemble Acting, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, NETPAC Award)

12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, 2014

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Story

18th Busan International Film Festival

  • Special Mention

LINK: Transit — Official Movie Website