Nakakuha ng parangal ang Hollywood indie film na ginawa nina Lea Salonga, Eva Noblezada at Princess Punzalan na Yellow Rose sa 39th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF39) noong November 20.
Nakamit ng pelikulang dinirek ng Filipino-American na si Diane Paragas ang Audience Award sa naturang international film festival.
Natanggap din ng Yellow Rose mula sa HIFF39 ang Best Narrative Feature, dahil sa kuwento nito tungkol sa isang undocumented 17-year old Filipino teenager named Rose (Eva Noblezada) na nangarap na lisanin ang kinalakhan niyang town sa Texas to pursue country music, pero may panganib na ma-deport siya pabalik ng Pilipinas noong mahuli ang kanyang inang si Priscilla (Princess Punzalan) ng ICE agents.
Lea plays Gail, Rose’s caring aunt who saw her niece’s journey to self-discovery.
Nakatanggap ng papuri ang Yellow Rose mula sa film producer na si Anderson Le:
“Inspired by the music of country musicians like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson, the original composition accompanied by Noblezada’s captivating voice becomes the soundtrack of Rose’s wanderings akin to country westerns or ‘musicals’.
“To say that this film’s release happening at a time where immigration policy is threatened by this current administration is an understatement. YELLOW ROSE is not just a Filipino—hyphen—American story.
“It is a story that can only be told in America. And what’s more American than a country western?”
Sa isang phone patch interview ni Lea sa programang Magandang Buhay noong nakaraang July, proud itong nakasama sa isang pelikula na very timely ang tema about immigrants.
Ani Lea, “It’s a really beautiful film. I got to see it nung nasa New York ako and when I saw it, it is really good. This is something that will touch a lot of people’s hearts.
“It’s a movie that I’m really proud of and going in, hindi ko alam kung anong magiging resulta ng pelikula, pero nung nakita ko na nang buo, napakaganda talaga.
“I’m not just saying this because I did it. I’m saying this because it’s beautifully written and it’s something we can be proud of.”
Yellow Rose was first screened at the HIFF39 on November 16 and November 21 at the Waimea Theater.
Yellow Rose was nominated for the HIFF39 Kau Ka Hoku Hoku Filmmaker Award.
The film has won three Best Feature awards mula sa Toronto Reel Asian film festival, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival at sa Vancouver Asian Film Festival.
Nakamit din ng movie ang grand jury prizes mula sa 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, and the CAAMFEST37.
Noblezada also won special jury prize at the LAAPFF for her breakout performance.
Ayon sa direktor na si Diane Paragas, inabot ng 15 years bago maisapelikula ang Yellow Rose at ngayon ay inaani na nila ang tagumpay ng pelikula.
Ani Diane, “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.”