If it hasn't reached your feed yet, a movie about an undocumented Filipino family is currently making rounds on social media. In Yellow Rose, the country music dreams of a young Filipina living in Texas is shattered when her mom is detained by immigration authorities. She's then forced on a journey of self-discovery to find a new home.
The film stars Miss Saigon actress Eva Nobelezada as Rose, alongside broadway star Lea Salonga and Princess Punzalan. The film is a personal one for director Diane Paragas, who drew inspiration from her own experiences as a Filipina living in the US. "After escaping Martial Law in the Philippines, my family moved to Lubbock, Texas when I was four. As the only Filipino growing up in Lubbock, I often felt alienated and I used music and art as means of escape," Diane writes on the movie's official website. "It's no coincidence that the film finally got financed in this era when anti-immigrant tensions are at an all time high. At the same time, there is a hunger for Asian-American stories like never before."
Yellow Rose already has quite the number of awards in its name including the Grand Jury Prize at three major film festivals, namely, the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the Bentonville Film Festival, and at the CAAMFest 37.
"My hope is that Yellow Rose puts a human face on the plight of Dreamers, while entertaining the audience with original Americana music that they might not have listened to before," Diane says.
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Yellow Rose is slated as the opening film at the 42nd Asian American International Film Festival on June 25 in New York.