We melodically open the Festival with the world premiere of Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE. Having grown up in Lubbock, Texas, the Filipina American director’s experiences are reflected in the development and story of the film.
YELLOW ROSE features Eva Noblezada, who is joined by fellow Miss Saigon alum and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. The film follows Rose Garcia, a 17-year-old Filipina American in Texas. When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rose undertakes a musical journey while facing deportation back to the Philippines. Inspired by the music of country musicians like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson, the original composition accompanied by Noblezada’s captivating voice becomes the soundtrack of Rose’s wanderings akin to American westerns.
This is a Filipino story within an American narrative. And what’s more American than a western? — Francis Cullado
Director, Writer: Diane Paragas
Producer: Cecilia Mejia, Rey Cuerdo, Orian Williams
Executive Producer: ABS-CBN/Cinematagrafo, Karen Elizaga
Director of Photography: August Thurmer
Editor: Liron Reiter
Cast: Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson