December 3, 2022



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IMMANUEL PORTUS WRITES — On Could 2 the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Movie Pageant opened its first night time with a movie that took house the Grand Jury Prize quickly after: “Yellow Rose,” helmed by director Diane Paragas and starring Tony winner Lea Salonga and Tony nominee Eva Noblezada— all distinguished Filipino entertainers each on the native and worldwide stage. “Yellow Rose” will quickly be exhibiting in native theaters within the Southern California space and might be distributed by means of streaming providers.

    The movie revolves across the themes of resiliency and identification, informed by means of an oft-overlooked but distinctive lens of American cinema: the lives of Filipino immigrants. Noblezada takes on the character of a 17- year-old Filipina residing in Texas who harbors a secret dream of telling tales and embracing emotion by changing into a prodigious nation musical star. Circumstances take a tough and capricious flip when she returns house one night time to witness her mom detained and arrested by authorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She runs away, and the viewers is left to comply with her mesmerizing journey as she is caught between staying on her personal, unbiased path or getting deported alongside together with her mom to the Philippines.

    Apart from being an suave rendition of a narrative usually untold—the deportation of Filipinos— this movie showcases a nice collaboration amongst Filipino artists keen to inform their tales. Lea Salonga, identified worldwide for her Tony Award (Miss Saigon) and for being the singing voice behind Disney’s animated characters Mulan and Jasmine (Aladdin), got here out of her hiatus simply to behave in Paragas’ movie. Noblezada has additionally carved out a reputation for herself as a Tony Nominee, due to her efficiency in that very same Broadway manufacturing of Miss Saigon. Additionally noteworthy is the truth that the music was composed to replicate the fusion of American nation and Filipino musical tastes, leading to a tone of eager for household, love, and the tranquility of the islands whereas residing out of the country.

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     “Yellow Flower” has not stopped on the gates of Hollywood; quite, it’s an inspiration to the complete Philippine movie trade and is already slated for manufacturing throughout the largest media teams within the nation.  Movies which have diverged from the overwhelming trope of poverty and violence-themed Filipino movies at the moment are making their approach to art-houses keen to point out productions that concentrate on what it actually means to be a Filipino—whether or not by means of music, tradition, or the nation’s colourful heritage.

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