“Filipino” films at the upcoming 38th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (May 5 – 13, 2022)
By Oliver Carnay
Several films are going to be included at the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which will run from May 5 through the 13th, 2022. Here are some of them. For complete schedule and how to get tickets, please go to festival.vcmedia.org/. (Check which films are available virtually and in-theatre screening).
Palawan appears to be an idyllic tropical island but… To save the island paradise, three environmental crusaders confront murder, betrayal and their own demons. Through dynamic documentary storytelling, we follow a charismatic lawyer who leads good men to their deaths, an ex-illegal logger who seeks redemption, and a grandmother politician who defies assassination threats
MORENA, directed by Nicole Mairose Dizon. While painting, Ciara Morena, an insecure folk artist, runs out of paint. At the art store, she hesitates on darker paint after remembering mom’s opposition to darkness. Fed up with triggers, Ciara uses skin whitening cream and hallucinates her ancestor. With side effects, she must rush before it erases her…
NOTHING BUT AN EMPTY ROAD, written and directed by Cole Bacani. Vanessa hasn’t seen her dad in years until the night of her premiere, and now she only has minutes to convince him to stay, and he only has minutes to make up for lost years. Sometimes, showing up is one of the most powerful ways a parent can show love.
CONNECTION, directed by Achim Mendoza. Anton, a frustrated Filipino musician, uploads a song he’s been working on social media. However, when an unauthorized French cover of his song goes viral, Anton attempts to reach out to his rival, but immediately encounters a linguistic and cultural barrier.