By: Wilson Morales
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE (U.S. CINEMA) – Yellow Rose – Directed by Diane Paragas
(Presented by Doris Casap)
By: Saleah Blancaflor
Inspired by her own upbringing in the heart of Texas, Paragas wanted to make a film with her hometown of Austin as the setting and spent 15 years developing the movie…Paragas added that representation of Filipino Americans was important to her in order to tell this story. “As a Filipina American, I feel like we are mostly invisible as a subset of Asian Americans. Filipinos have played other Asians, but you rarely see a Filipino being a Filipino," she said.
By: Sophia Stewart
But “Yellow Rose” isn’t just a musical romp through an Americana world—it’s also a deeply felt and at times tragic look at the lives of the undocumented. Rose’s mother is ripped from her violently; she must flee in order to stay in the only town she’s ever known. While her singing is mesmerizing and her lyrics are beautiful, they are the only solace Rose has in the face of aching loneliness, debilitating fear, and, most profoundly, supreme injustice.
By: Mae Hamilton
“I tried my best to just tell a human story without being too political,” Paragas said. “I don’t think being preachy in a movie is ever a good thing, but the movie is a window into the experience of being an immigrant. The movie is ultimately about acceptance and what it takes to be accepted in music, as a citizen and as a human being.” As many a lonesome, roving cowboy has discovered, there’s something to be said about finding a place to hang your hat.