Yellow Rose
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Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas.

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Director’s Statement

Yellow Rose is a deeply personal film I've been pursuing for the better part of 15 years.

After escaping Martial Law in the Philippines, my family moved to Lubbock, Texas when I was 4. As the only Filipino growing up in Lubbock, I often felt alienated and I used music and art as means of escape. I even formed a (not very good) band, shaved my head and we managed to record a single and play at bars when I was in high school.

When I started to pursue film, I was interested in the idea of taking those childhood memories but twisting it. If our hero loved Texas and more specifically country music, it would be like a grand unrequited love.

It's no co-incidence that the film finally got financed in this era when anti-immigrant tensions are at an all time high. At the same time, there is a hunger for Asian-American stories like never before.

I'm so excited for audiences to discover the brilliant Eva Noblezada in her debut film.

My hope is that Yellow Rose puts a human face on the plight of Dreamers, while entertaining the audience with original Americana music that they might not have listened to before.


 
Heartfelt. Provocative. Affecting on almost every level.
— Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
An honest, visceral exploration.
— ASIAN JOURNAL
The immigration film of our times.
— CHARACTER MEDIA
A masterful directorial debut
— CAAMFest Jury
Noblezada is the star, country music is her co-star.
— FILM THREAT
A humanistic portrait of hope and perseverance.
— JUSTIN LOWE, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER