To our friends in Chicago, hope you can watch Filipino and Filipino-American films at this year's festival from Nov. 6-8, 2009. Technophilia is screening on Nov. 8.
The Chicago Filipino American Film Festival is proud to announce the 2009 Official Selections.
A young videographer travels to Cebu to film a documentary about the annual Sinulog Festival, only to discover a landscape of corruption, cultural divides, and the elusive nature of truth. Directed by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto, CONFESSIONAL is Part 1 of Tarog’s CAMERA Trilogy. Winner of Best ASEAN Film at the Cinemanila Film Festival. Presented with English Subtitles.
MANGATYANAN (THE BLOOD TRAIL)
In the second part of Jerrold Tarog’s ongoing CAMERA Trilogy, Laya (Che Ramos), the estranged daughter of an acclaimed photographer follows in her father’s footsteps, and is assigned to cover a tribal ritual called “the Blood Trail.” Along the way, Laya’s own journey brings her face to face with the dark secrets of her buried past. Presented with English Subtitles.
DAYO is the story of a young boy who travels to Elementalia, a mythical place inhabited by the dark and wondrous characters pulled from Philippine folklore. The first feature-length digital animated film produced in the Philippines , DAYO is a landmark achievement for children of all ages, and a magical adventure in the tradition of classic Disney with a distinctive Philippine flavor. With English Subtitles.
GIFT OF BARONG
Benito Bautista returns to the Chicago Filipino American Film Festival with Festival favorite, GIFT OF BARONG, an acclaimed documentary that follows two Filipino American surfers who travel to the Philippines in search of waves, and embrace their own identity as Filipinos. Presented in English and with English subtitles.
Chris Martinez wrote and directed 100, a moving tale about a busy professional woman who learns she is terminally ill, and is forced to re-evaluate what is important in life through a final to-do list of 100 items. Winner of an Audience Award for Best Feature at Cinemalaya, and Best Actress for Mylene Dizon. Presented with English Subtitles.
INSIDE A CHANGE
Acclaimed hip-hop music video director Rik Cordero delivers a landmark feature film that follows the story of a young man who rediscovers the importance of family on the last day before he is sent to prison. Winner of Best Film, HBO New York Latino Film Festival.
A historical period piece set just outside Davao City during the Japanese occupation in World War II, CONCERTO follows the story of a family’s survival during wartime, and the music that offers common ground and understanding on both sides of the war. Winner of Best Picture at the Golden Screen Awards. English subtitles.
A reclusive violin teacher takes a young music prodigy under his wing, while the boy’s abusive father attempts to reclaim custody of the child. Directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, BOSES garnered the award for Best Director and Best Film at the Golden Screen Awards. Starring Cherry Pie Picache and Ricky Davao. With English subtitles.
MANILATOWN IS IN THE HEART: TIME TRAVEL WITH AL ROBLES
Directed by Curtis Choy
SOUNDS OF A NEW HOPE
Directed by Eric Tandoc
CFAFF SHORTS PROGRAM
“O” by Amber Rosario Manuguid
“No. 4″ by Benito Bautista
“Dumaguete Fragments” by Claro De Los Reyes
“The Scorpion and the Frog” by Dan Finley
“The Other Way Round” by Geoffrey Quan
“Technophilia” by Rianne Hill Soriano
“Among All Creatures” by Tyrone Acierto
“Flower Thieves” by Shawn Bernal
“One Year” by John P. Raposas
Based on real life experiences, CREATUR follows the story of a circle of friends whose struggle to survive in a landscape of gang violence. CFAFF is proud to present CREATUR, a feature-length Filipino American drama shot in 16mm film and produced entirely in Chicago using entirely local cast and crew. In English.