Filipino films to screen at March 13-23 Bay Area festival

‘Jeepney’ directed by Esy Casey

CAAMFest 2014 (formerly known as the San Francisco International Asian Film Festival) is presenting the following Filipino films and filmmakers.

Sunday, March 23 | 7:30pm | New Parkway
Director: Marissa Aroy (Attending festival)
Delano Manongs tells the oft-overlooked story of how Filipino leader Larry Itliong and the thousands of Filipino farm workers rallied with their Chicano comrades to form the United Farm Workers. Their inspiring fight brought national attention to the plight of the working class and formed a legacy still celebrated today.

Friday, March 14 | 7:30pm | Kabuki
Thursday, March 20 | 6:30pm | New People
Director: Esy Casey (Attending festival)
For jeepney drivers in the Philippines, the job pays little for long workdays, even more so in the midst of political protest against the overpricing of oil. Esy Casey’s documentary touches on the history and struggles of all those involved in a changing industry.

Friday, March 14 | 5:30pm | Kabuki
Wednesday, March 19 | 6:30pm | Kabuki
Director: Duc Nguyen (Attending festival)
Vietnamese refugees who have been living in a condition of statelessness in the Philippines for 16 years await a rare opportunity for resettlement in the United States. They speak of their anticipation, hopes and fears. A moving documentary about the long wait for home.

Saturday, March 15 | 6:30pm | Pacific Film Archive
Monday, March 17 | 6:00pm | Kabuki
Director: Anthony Chen (Attending screening)
Winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes, ILO ILO is the riveting quasi-autobiographical first feature by Anthony Chen. A temperamental 10-year-old’s parents hire a Filipina domestic worker to take care of the house and wrangle their son. She quickly grows to know more about the Lim family than anyone else.

Saturday, March 15 | 9:00pm | Kabuki
Friday, March 21 | 7:00pm | Pacific Film Archive
Director: Baby Ruth Villarama (Attending screening)
Jazz and his German lover, Theo, struggle against culture, family and tradition as well as the thousands of miles that lie between them. The film follows Theo’s visit to the Philippines to ask for Jazz’s hand in marriage from reluctant in-laws — can they survive their differences?

Director Jethro Patalinghug

Sunday, March 16 | 4:45pm | Kabuki
Friday, March 21 | 7:00pm | New People
Director: Arnold Arre
Rey played a superhero character called ‘Milkyboy’ in a milk commercial as a child in the 1980s. Fast forward 25 years, he is now working in a declining advertising company with no bright future — nor love life — to speak of. He also can’t seem to break free from the stigma of being a former child star. Can Rey overcome his inner demons and prove his worth to everyone, including himself?

Sunday, March 16 | 9:10pm | Kabuki
Monday, March 17 | 8:40pm | New People
Director: Jethro Patalinghug
In his need for self-identity, Jethro Patalinghug, a filmmaker, confronts his mother Virginia Patalinghug, a former political activist in the Philippines, about his feelings of abandonment as a child.

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