What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Filipino?” Is it the tropics? Islands? California? New Jersey? New York? Manny Pacquiao? Jollibee? What about immigrants? Domestic helpers? Director Michael Manese talked about Filipino representation on the big screen and the nitty-gritty challenges that Filipino women (Filipinas) face as domestic workers with his new film The Pleasure of Being Served.
There were Asian food, Asian films, Asian culture and a whole lotta Asian peeps at the 20th San Diego Asian Film Festival. It was overall an interesting experience to have seen films directed by and starring Asian women that are not about or focused on, romance as the endgame but instead, it’s about self: self-discovery, self-love, and self-acceptance. Ever grateful to SDAFF 2019 for sending a strong message to Asian women and Asian American women everywhere for featuring stories of women with their own sense of self independent of another.
What’s a real-life superhero, a parasite and two sets of couples got in common? The 2020 film fest circuit is currently underway but here are some highlights you may have missed with a throwback from October 2019’s San Diego International Film Festival.
By now, you’ve probably heard of PARASITE because of the multiple standing ovations heard ’round the world. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re probably thinking, ‘Wow, maybe, I should watch this movie. It won a couple of Oscars after all.’ And if you have already seen it, (and you’re Asian) you’re likely thinking, ‘I should definitely watch it again.’ The number one mistake you’ll make coming in to see this the first time is that, you think you’re ready to watch this movie. But the truth is…you. are. not. ready. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Minor spoilers throughout.
asienne recently sat down with HUSTLERS producer, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas at one of the early LA screenings of the film. In this Q and A, we talked about: how Constance Wu was and is the “gold standard” pick for the role of Destiny, what it’s like producing female-led and female-driven films with the one and only Jenny from the Block, and the fun (and groundbreaking) film that is HUSTLERS out today nationwide. Here is on-site reporter Justine Saldaña with the scoop: