Saturday, May 04, 2013

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013

It's that wonderful time of year again: The Los Angeles Pacific Film Fest and tonight FilAm Arts will be co-presenting not one film but TWO films. We are proud to be community partners with Visual Communications and honored to have this progam be part of our calendar.

Directed by Benito Bautista, this heartfelt documentary puts the spotlight on the elder haranistas, as they share with us songs and lyrics that were popular with generations past.

There are two screenings:
May 4th- 7pm $13 CVG Theaters in Ktown (Performance by Harana Men's Chorus)
May 11th- 8pm $13 (Performance by Philippine Chamber Singers of Los Angeles)

Philippine Chamber Singers of Los Angeles

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When I watch this clip, I am reminded about the trips back to my parents' homeland. Tropical forest, sea breezes, smiling faces, good food and LOVE. During the evening, the elders would sing on the front porches and it takes me back to a time where things are sweet and romantic. I can imagine my great grandparents meeting, and my great grandmother shyly looking out the window and my great grandfather played the guitar. 

Romance lessons from the ancestors/elders. =)

The second movie that we are presenting is "What Isn't There".

"Gibson Bonifacio stopped speaking when he was a child.
Now twenty years old, he is back in Manila for Christmas. While always festive in the Philippines, for his family it is tinged with sadness, marking the anniversary of his twin brother’s death. Against the backdrop of the vibrant local music scene, his childhood best friend tries to reconnect with him, while he unexpectedly finds a chance at his first, real romantic relationship.
Gibson reconsiders and redefines his relationship with his family, with himself, even with his dead brother: the only person he talks to."

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