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Filipino International Film Fest in Los Angeles

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Filipino International Film Festival Los Angeles

Friday, October 16, 2009 - Sunday, October 18, 2009

Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Website: http://www.fiffla.org/

October 16th - Friday Evening @ 8:00 PM

"Jose Rizal"
Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya

A three-hour epic on the life and struggles of poet and patriot Jose Rizal, the national hero and martyr of the Philippines, this film was commissioned to mark the 1998 centennial of the country's independence from Spanish colonial rule.

Tagalog – English Subtitles (Philippines, 1999, 178 min) GMA Films

General Admission Price - $10

October 17th - Saturday Early-Matinee 1:00 PM

"Dekada 70"
Directed by Chito S. Rono

An adaptation of Lualhati Bautista's prize-winning novel. Dekada 70 chronicles a middle-class Filipino family who, over the space of a decade, become aware of the political policies that have ultimately led to repression and a state of martial law.

Tagalog – English Subtitles (Philippines, 2002, 85 min)
General Admission Price - $10

October 17th - Saturday Mid-Matinee 3:00PM

"Himala" ("Miracle") is an award-winning Filipino film directed by the late Philippine National Artist Ishmael Bernal. Based on a 1967 incident and news report, Himala was filmed entirely in the most arid Philippine tourist spots in Ilocos Norte, in just three weeks.

Tagalog - English Subtitles (Philippines, 1982, 120 min)
*Special Guest Ricky Lee will be presenting the film and will have a book signing afterwards
General Admission Price - $10

October 17th - 3:00 PM

"Ang Manghuhula" (The Fortune Teller)
Directed by Paolo Herras

Messina, an outcast and failed fortuneteller, returns to her hometown to save her daughter Claire from a syndicate that aims to exploit her gift of fortune telling.

Tagalog – English Subtitles (Philippines, 2009, 79 min)
General Admission Price - $10

October 17th - Saturday Evening @ 8:00 PM

West Coast Premiere: "Brown Soup Thing"
Written, Directed, and Produced by Edward J. Mallillin

Brown Soup Thing is a comedy/drama about four generations of a comfortably disconnected Filipino family in America. The story is centered around young Lita's (Sari Arambulo) quest to shoot a school project film about what it means to be a Filipino in America.

English (US, 2008, 105 min)
General Admission Price - $10

October 18th 1:00PM

"Eskapo" (Escape)
Directed by Chito S. Rono

Set during the terrifying reign of Filipino despot, Marcos, two upper caste but very different strangers team up to try and survive the physical and mental torture they undergo after they are suddenly jailed.

Tagalog – English Subtitles (Philippines, 1995, 114 min)
General Admission Price - $10

October 18th 3:30 PM

Directed by Jim Libiran.

Tribu tells the story of street life in the slums of Tondo, Manila, a lower class suburb in the northwest portion of the city.

Tagalog – English Subtitles (Philippines, 2007, 95 min)
General Admission Price - $10

October 18th - Sunday Evening @ 7:00 PM

"Tambolista" (Drumbeat)
Directed by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.

"Tambolista" focuses on one boy's simple dream of owning his very own drum set.

Tagalog - English Subtitles (Philippines, 2007, 90 min)
General Admission Price - $10

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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