This week, we’re bringing you a piece that explores Chilean diasporic constellations between grandmother, mother and grandchild.
‘Grandmotherland’ follows Jasmine’s journey to her grandmother’s homeland and her exploration of ‘diasporic dysphoria’ or an indefinable sense of dislocation from cultural heritage.
‘Grandmotherland’ is an exploration into music and it’s influence on memory and cultural belonging. For Jasmine, Chile is her maternal homeland—the country where her mum and her mum’s family were born—though it has always felt impossible to claim. Since immigrating to Australia, her family’s memory of Chile is Jasmine’s closest connection to her culture.
A 30-year-old tape of her grandma singing with friends reignites Jasmine’s curiosity, and she and her mum, Gilda, travel to Chile for the first time in September 2023. Through their travels, they encounter people, places and music that bonds them closer to Chile and the memory of their family.
Producer: Jasmine Alavuk
Supervising Producer: Thomas Lu
Si Vas Para Chile by Silvia Infantas y Los Condores
Arriba en La Cordillera by Patricio Manns
All The Best Credits
Executive Producer: Phoebe Adler-Ryan
Editorial Producer: Melanie Bakewell
Host & Interviewer: Madhuraa Prakash
Interviewee: Jasmine Alavuk