Filipino Film Festival

The 113th anniversary of Filipino Independence was celebrated on Madison Avenue this past Sunday, June 5. The entire day was a celebration of Filipino culture, food, and festivities. Jericho Rosales and Karylle Padilla headlined the parade, along with the Vice President of the Philippines Jejomar C. Binay and  Philippines' ambassadors to the US and UN.

If you missed out on the parade, it's fine - because there's also a Filipino Film Festival showcasing the most acclaimed Filipino films in recent years. Held on Friday, June 17 to Thursday, June 23 at the Producers' Club Theaters, the "2011 Sineng Pambansa New York Film Festival" brings Filipino films to various cities in Philippines and out of it. Some of the directors  will also be around to talk about their films.

Here's a list of the films: Halaw (Ways of the Sea) - starring John Arcilla, Maria Isabel Lopez

This dramatic narrative exposes the nature of human trafficking between Southern Philippines and Malaysia.

Bakal Boys (The Children Metal Divers) - starring Gina Pareno, Jess Evardone, Vincent Olano

A docudrama, this film depicts the life of children who must scavenge for metal scraps in old sunken ships in Manila Bay to survive.

Two Funerals - starring Tessie Tomas, Robert Arevalo, Xian Lim

In this black comedy, a grieving mother goes on a road trip to recover her daughter's body after a funeral mix-up switches the corpse with a stranger's.

Bayaning Third World (Third World Hero) - starring Joel Torre, Ricky Davao, Rio Locsin, Cherry Pie Picache

Two filmmakers search for the truth around the myth of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal, who had advocated for many political reforms for the Philippines while it was under Spanish colonial rule.

Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio (The Trial of Andres Bonifacio) - starring Alfred Vargas, Miles Canapi, Danielle Castano, Lance Raymundo

The untold story of the trial of Andres Bonifacio, a patriot and revolutionary who was accused and executed on charges of treason.

Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Eleuteria's Dream) - starring Donna Gimeno, Gregg Tecson, Lucia Juezon, Emelda Mabusay

A simple island girl is about to leave her home to marry a foreigner, but a series of events and characters affect her decision on whether to leave or go.

Happyland - starring China Cojuangco, Mohammaed Ibrahim, Joseph Anthony Cerdena

A priest and a young seminarian form a ragtag sports team for an upcoming football tournament in this coming-of-age story.

Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe) - starring Irma Adlawan, TJ Trinidad, Mercedes Cabral, Nonie Buencamino

A woman finds herself caught between an abusive husband and a cowardly lover as she fights for survival in her violent, sexually-charged reality.

Emir - starring Frencheska Farr, Sid Lucero, Jhong Hilario, Bayang Barrios

Based on a true story, a young woman travels to another country to become a nanny to a sheik's only son.

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