San Diego film festival announces ‘robust’ Filipino line-up

Vilma Santos plays a movie bit player in ‘Ekstra’ (‘The Bit Player’)

Vilma Santos plays a movie bit player in ‘Ekstra’ (‘The Bit Player’)

A scene from Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte, the End of History’

A scene from Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte, the End of History’

The 14th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is set to run November 7-16, 2013 at various locations throughout San Diego and at the Digiplex Mission Valley 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108.

Pacific Arts Movement announced the event is “one of the Top Ten Reasons to Visit San Diego” by USA Today’s Pop Traveler and is one of the largest film exhibitions of its kind in North America, with more than 140 films from 15 countries.

The festival includes a robust selection of Filipino films, including the Festival’s closing night film “Documented.” Among the film festival’s headliners are North American, U.S., and West Coast premieres.

Highlights of the Filipino entries are:

● Closing Night Film, “Documented” on Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the New Central Library (330 Park Blvd., Downtown San Diego). Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out as undocumented in the pages of the New York Times Magazine. “Documented” — a captivating look at being American, becoming an activist, and being a son to a mother in the Philippines he hasn’t seen in nearly 20 years — is Vargas’s film debut. Director and film subject Jose Antonio Vargas is scheduled to attend.

● “Norte, the End of History” marks the festival’s longest film ever at a whopping 250 minutes. This epic drama about family, class, and crime by master director Lav Diaz screens twice: Monday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 14 at 6:15 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema on 2921 El Cajon Blvd.

● Other notable Filipino films include the award-winning romance “If Only,” the Erik Matti thriller “On the Job,” the Vilma Santos-led “The Bit Player,” the nerve-wracking Raya Martin film “How to Disappear Completely,” and the dreamy experimental film “Big Boy.”

Additionally, one of the year’s most acclaimed dramas, “Ilo Ilo”, prominently features actress Angeli Bayani (also in “Norte”) as a Filipino domestic worker hired by a Chinese family in Singapore.

Tickets are available online for all shows or at the Box Office at each venue on the days of the shows. General admission of $11.50 or $8 for members. For ticketing info, full film details, and schedule, contact 619-400-5911 or info@pac-arts.org.

Angeli Bayani is a domestic worker in Singapore in ‘Ilo Ilo’

Angeli Bayani is a domestic worker in Singapore in ‘Ilo Ilo’



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