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Inside the Industry: Filipino-American filmmaking with Yellow Rose

Rappler — 26.1.2021

After sweeping Asian American film festivals and releasing theatrically with Sony Pictures, Filipino music drama Yellow Rose is finally streaming in the Philippines.

The film stars Lea Salonga and Grammy-winner Eva Noblezada, who plays an aspiring country music star.

Yellow Rose‘s success, though, did not occur overnight. Writer-director Diane Paragas wrote the script more than 15 years prior while working several media jobs from advertising to MTV. In 2011, she met producer Cecilia Mejia, whose work with undocumented Filipinos helped shape the film for today’s issues. They won Star Cinema’s Cinematografo seed grant in 2017.

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