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Bitter Melon directed by H.P. Mendoza.


By MARILYN ABALOS
Exclusive to the Filipino Reporter


There will be a number of Filipino and Filipino-American films at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York from July 27 through Aug. 4, 2018.

To purchase tickets, visit http://aaiff.org/2018/

Films to be screened include:

July 27, 5:30 p.m., Village Cinema East - WHEN WE GROW UP (Zorinah Juan);

July 27, 8 p.m., Village Cinema East - 1-2-3 (GASPING FOR AIR) (Carlo Obispo);

Aug. 4, 3:30 p.m., Asia Society: BITTER MELON (H. P. Mendoza);

Aug. 4, 7 p.m., Asia Society: ULAM: MAIN DISH (Alexandra Cuerdo) — Closing Night Presentation & Reception.

Filipino short films will also be shown:

Aug. 1, 6 p.m., Village Cinema East - DILIMAN (TJ Collanto);

Aug. 2, 6 p.m., Village Cinema East - FROM THREE FEET TALL (Melanie Lim).


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1-2-3 (Gasping for Air) directed by Carlo Obispo.


Developed by an entirely female crew, WHEN WE GROW UP is a feature film about a close-knit, sometimes contentious, interracial family reunited by an unconventional emergency.

Once together, they are forced to confront each other’s secrets, flaws and childhood scars.

1-2-3 (GASPING FOR AIR): Luis is just an average teenage boy living in the idyllic fishing island of Silag.

He is coming of age alongside his younger sister Lulu, who busies herself with amateur singing contests in hopes of becoming a star.

One fateful night, a talent manager discovers her singing and offers her an opportunity to undergo vocal coaching in Manila.

Lulu eagerly takes the opportunity and leaves for the city, thinking her dreams are finally coming true.

However, after a few months, Lulu’s family suddenly loses contact with her.

Luis sets out for Manila to find his sister, but what he finds there changes his life forever.

ULAM: MAIN DISH stages this new culinary movement as not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs but also as a validation of Filipino culture.

The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identities, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large.

Ultimately, ULAM is a celebration — and confirmation — that Filipino food, and Filipinos, are here to stay.

BITTER MELON: In this toothy “home for the holidays” remix, a Filipino-American family reunites over a long Christmas weekend only to discover that something unusual is festering in their household.

What starts out as a fun holiday reunion quickly warps into a darkly humorous crime scene as the family plots to kill one of their own.