Filipina-American stars in a musical-drama film Yellow Rose

A musical-drama film Yellow Rose led by Filipino-American actress Eva Noblezada is currently showing in Hollywood theaters. 

Yellow Rose is a lighthearted coming-of-age film that portrays a fresh yet accurate depiction of immigration struggles that many of our kababayans have faced in foreign countries.

The film, written and directed by Diane Paragas, follows the story of an undocumented Filipina teenager named Rose Garcia, who lives in Texas with her mother, and her journey of pursuing her dream to become a country music singer despite the threat of deportation and family separation.  

Eva Noblezada, who played Rose, emphasized the importance of authentic representation in film. 

“It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t difficult. I try to be as authentic and as human as possible. I hope that when people watch the movie, I hope people see themselves,” she explained. 

Noblezada is also known for her role Kim in a hit musical-drama Miss Saigon where she got her Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. 

Aside from Eva, the film also features Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga (the first Miss Saigon) and actress Princess Punzalan, who plays Rose’s mother. 

Yellow Rose bagged several international awards from major film festivals, including the Grand Jury Prize at the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Feature at the 2019 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, People’s Choice Award for Best Overall Feature at the 23rd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival. 

Sony Pictures acquired the film for worldwide theatrical release making it the first Filipino-American film to be released by a major Hollywood studio. 

Unfortunately, the film is not available to any online streaming sites as of now. The Yellow Rose team has yet to announce the screening date of the film in the country.

If you haven’t watched the trailer of Yellow Rose, you can watch it here.  

Watch local films on MOOV, Cinema Centenario’s video on-demand online channel. 

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