Still from Diane Paragas's "Yellow Rose" with Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson - Photo by August Thurmer
Still from Diane Paragas’s “Yellow Rose” with Eva Noblezada and Dale Watson – Photo by August Thurmer

This year’s 35th edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) returns May 2-10, and will kick off with the World Premiere of Yellow Rose, written and directed  by first time feature female filmmaker Diane Paragas. The film stars Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, Tony Award winning actress and Grammy nominee Lea Salonga, country music star Dale Watson, Liam Booth, Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”), Libby Villari (“Boyhood”), and Princess Punzalan (“Mula Sa Puso”), and features original songs written by Watson, Paragas, Noblezada and cast.

Yellow Rose tells the story of a headstrong Filipino girl, from a small Texas town, fighting to pursue her country music dreams while facing the threat of deportation.

“I am so humbled that our film has been chosen for this honor,” says Paragas. “Yellow Rose has taken over 15 years to make and it couldn’t come at a more important time when anti-immigrant sentiment is at an all-time high. This is a story for everyone facing challenges in finding their voice, their dreams and, more importantly, their home.”

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