daily stream: the tale of a singing teen who “got some shit to express”
2020’s *Yellow Rose* is available on Prime and Apple TV on both sides of the Atlantic
Filipino-American filmmaker Diane Paragas made her narrative feature debut in 2020 with the lovely, heartbreaking Yellow Rose, the story of an undocumented Filipino teenager (Eva Noblezada) who longs to be a country singer while facing deportation. Rose’s journey, and the trauma she has to cope with at such a tender age, is a total upending of “American dream” fetishization cinema often engages in; setting this in the context of country music is a stroke of genius, with its themes of freedom and self-determination. The smashing of paradigms we see here is exactly what we can expect when previously marginalized voices finally get to tell their own stories.
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