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KUWENTUHAN

Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.

Another balikbayan box has arrived! Let’s savor every pasalubong. Don’t forget to FaceTime the film fam and enjoy these tales that pay homage to the scoundrels, free-thinkers, and matriarchs of the Philippine diaspora, here, there, and everywhere.

In this program


ALL THIS WASTED SPACE

Directed by Cris Bringas

The search for a burial token for her mother forces a woman to dig up a buried past and confront the house she abandoned for 11 years. As she descends, the house speaks to her.

APARTMENT 605

Directed by Bianca Catbagan

Mika visits their father’s apartment when they are interrupted by a stranger at the door.

BUZZ CUT

Directed by Kiersten Villanueva

Union City, CA 2013. During a student march to rename a middle school after Filipino labor leaders, a disillusioned transfer student enters a barbershop and asks for a buzz cut.

LOLA

Directed by Grace Hanna

A thirteen-year-old science prodigy is on a mission to cure her grandmother’s dementia by traveling inside her grandma’s mind to save one precious memory they have together.

KILIG!

Directed by Kacey Layson

A film about a mother and daughter, meeting each other where they are.

MOSQUITO LADY

Directed by Kristine Gerolaga

Terrified of telling her parents that she’s pregnant as restrictions to abortion access worsen, a desperate teenager seeks the help of a reclusive neighbor who her parents warned her about.

PAMILYA

Directed by Miles Blacket

The film follows the FDWA, an organisation dedicated to assisting Filipino victims of modern slavery in the UK, which was founded by and composed of a group of women who are survivors of trafficking themselves.

As the latest planned rescue fails uncertainty looms, but the group rally around each other. Reflecting on their own experiences and the challenges they continue to face in the UK even after finding freedom, they discover hope in each other for a better life —for themselves and also for the women they hope to free.

VS

Directed by Jole Sanchez

Set in 1992, a Filipino kid working at his father’s liquor store seeks community through the arcade game Street Fighter II, but finds himself clashing with a local bully.

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