06-24 November 2019



American Indies
Diane Paragas

United States

2019 / 90’ / Hawaii Premiere / English


YELLOW ROSE features Broadway rising talent Eva Noblezada (Tony Award nominee for MISS SAIGON and HADESTOWN), who is joined by fellow MISS SAIGON alum and Tony Award winner, the incomparable Lea Salonga. The film follows Rose Garcia, a 17-year-old Filipina American in Texas. When her mother is arrested by ICE agents, 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 country westerns or “musicals” like A STAR IS BORN or its spiritual sister WILD ROSE (HIFF Spring Showcase 2019).

Writer and director Diane Paragas, a Filipina American who grew up in Lubbock, Texas, reportedly was trying to get this film made for over fifteen years. In the interim, she moved to New York and became a successful filmmaker in her own right, primarily working in the music documentary field. Perhaps it was just a matter of timing or even fate to finally direct this film with Noblezada and Salonga occupying key roles. In the end, YELLOW ROSE is a heartfelt debut feature from Paragas about an undocumented family's struggle to stay together despite the intervention of immigration authorities.

To say that this film’s release happening at a time where immigration policy is threatened by this current administration is an understatement. YELLOW ROSE is not just a Filipino—hyphen—American story. It is a story that can only be told in America. And what’s more American than a country western? 

-Anderson Le

Saturday 16 18:00 - 19:50Regal Dole Cannery 14
Thursday 21 19:00 - 20:35The Waimea Theater
DirectorDiane Paragas.
CastEva Noblezada, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Libby Villari and Lea Salonga.
ScreenplayAnnie J. Howell and Celena Cipriaso
Andy Bienen.
CinematographerAugust Thurmer.

Jeremiah Abraham ... co-producer
Rey Cuerdo ... producer
Olivia Finina de Jesus ... executive producer
Karen Elizaga ... executive producer
Courtney Jones ... line producer
Carlo Katigbak ... executive producer
Thea Kerman ... co-producer
John-D Lazatin ... executive producer
Cecilia Mejia ... producer
Diane Paragas ... producer
Juan Miguel Sevilla ... executive producer
Orian Williams ... producer

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