Jodi Sta Maria recently known for her TV stint, Sophia Delgado in the hit teleserye “100 Days to Heaven” will star in an indie film entitled “Migrante“. Directed by the acclaimed director Joel Lamangan, the film Migrante will tackle the struggles of OFW’s during the time when it became a government policy to send its workforce abroad. And while some of these workers have found fortune, many of them hit bad luck–from the loss of their jobs, to being physically abused and murdered.

On this period, drama and advocacy film, Jodi Santamaria will portray the role of Frida. A government employee who had already worked abroad two times. Finding that her salary as a mere employee barely covers her family’s expenses, she decides to work abroad. Frida gets raped, but escapes by jumping off the building she works in. Her character symbolizes well-intentioned workers who meet their demise abroad.

Penned by Boni Ilagan, Migrante also stars Allen Dizon, Jim Pebanco, Raquel Villavicencio, Chynna Ortaleza, Rich Asuncion, Alex Castro, Regina Angeles, May-I Fabros, Sam Nasser, and Joshua Bramaje.

Now that Direk Joel’s MMFF entry “Hototay” was pulled out of the festival, he will start filming “Migrante”.  Migrante International (NGO) will help the film’s cast and crew to get permits in shooting the scenes in Israel. From the team behind “Sigwa”, “Dukot” and “Deadline”, Migrante is slated for release some time next year.