MANILA – “Yellow Rose,” an American movie musical starring Filipino-American artist Eva Noblezada, took home the Grand Jury Award for outstanding North American narrative feature at the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), according to Variety.
The same film opened the LAAPFF, which ran from May 2 to 10 with film screenings in Little Tokyo and L.A. Live Entertainment Center.
Noblezada, on the other hand, was reportedly given the breakthrough performance award for her portrayal of Rose who is the lead character in the movie.
Directed by Diane Paragas, the movie tells the story of a 17-year-old Filipino-American girl who dreams of becoming a country music star.
Other stars of “Yellow Rose” include Lea Salonga, Liam Booth, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari, and Princess Punzalan.
“I am so humbled that our film has been chosen for this honor,” Paragas was previously quoted by Deadline.com and LAtfUSA.com.
“’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,” she added.