Nov 3: Program 8 – Centrepiece Spotlight: Ulam: Main Dish + A Masarap After Party
(Documentary Feature) Vancouver Premiere. In this delicious new documentary, Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo follows the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs crossing over to the center of the American table. ULAM: Main Dish stages this new culinary movement as not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identity, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. Ultimately, ULAM is a celebration – and confirmation – that Filipino food, and Filipinos, are here to stay.
Preceded by the animated Short “Bao” by Domee Shi, In “Bao,” an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada. In addition, “Bao” is also Pixar’s first female-directed short.
Film only: $15 [purchase this option here]
Followed by A Masarap After Party at Bao Down
After Party from 10:00 pm to close | 115 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1A4
Film and After Party admission: $25
Complimentary hors-d’oeuvres + and Cash bar.
MUST BE 19 TO ATTEND the After Party – ID MAY BE REQUESTED.
Admission to VAFF screenings is limited to those over 18 years of age holding a valid VAFF membership card.
Co-Presented with Community Partners
Domee Shi / November 3 / Canada / 2018 / Animation, Family / 8 minsAn aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
Alexandra Cuerdo / November 3 / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 80 minsULAM (Main Dish) is a food documentary following the rise of the Filipino food movement via the chefs crossing over to the center of the American table.