The Rose of Manila

An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle. Here, the fate of a young girl and an entire nation become entangled as the absent mother of a country is born.


Super 16mm and HD video, 12 minutes. 2020. 


Screenings:


Distributed by Dedza Films and Kino Lorber; in theaters across the US and Canada starting June 11th.


2021  Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival - Middlebury, VT

2021  Day Into Night presented by Brown Arts Initiative - Providence, RI

2021  MYX Global Filipinx Short Film Week - Los Angeles, CA

2021 Athens International Film + Video Festival - Athens, OH

2021 CineYouth presented by the Chicago International Film Festival - Chicago, IL

2021 Ivy Film Festival - Providence, RI

2021 BFI Future Film Festival (Nominated for Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Experimental Film) - London, UK

2020 San Diego Asian Film Festival - San Diego, CA

2020 National Film Festival for Talented Youth  - Seattle, WA

Letter

What happens when you return to the place that made you who you are?


Super 16mm transferred to HD file, 5 minutes.  2018.

Clem

A day in the life of a girl submerged in her own world. 


HD video, 5 minutes.  2017.

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