ULAM: Main Dish
Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
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.
Alexandra Cuerdo is a Filipino-American director, producer and editor, recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women’s Network. MSN ranks her feature directorial debut, ULAM: Main Dish as one of the “Top 5 Food Documentaries to Watch” now.As a content producer and editor, Alexandra’s videos for BuzzFeed have achieved over 200 million views and over 1.5 million shares on Facebook. She is based in Los Angeles and New York. ULAM: Main Dish is Cuerdo’s first feature length documentary.
Writer: Alexandra Cuerdo
Producers: Reynaldo Cuerdo Jr, Alexandra Cuerdo, John Floresca
Director of Photography: John Floresca
Featuring: Alvin Cailan (Egglsut, Unit 120), Nicole Ponseca & Miguel Trinidad (Maharlika, Jeepney), Romy Dorotan & Amy Besa (Purple Yam), Johneric Concordia & Christine Araquel-Concordia (The Park's Finest), Charles Olalia (Ricebar), Chase Valencia & Chad Valencia (LASA), and Andre Guerrero (The Oinkster, Maximiliano, The Little Bear)
Spotlight Series, November 3 / Spotlight Series / 110 minsCentrepiece Spotlight: Ulam: Main Dish by Alexandra Cuerdo preceded by the animated Short “Bao” by Domee Shi + Masarap After Party