There are few things more stereotypically “American” than country music. To the average person, if you think of the country music legends of the past 50 years, many will just imagine the likes of Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and Patsy Cline. Though there are plenty of different men and women that have made their mark on the genre, there is one thing that many of the country music icons have in common—they’re white. Well, in the upcoming film, “Yellow Rose,” the world of country music is seen through the eyes of a Filipina teen, and this change of perspective is stark.
As seen in the trailer, “Yellow Rose” follows the story of a young Filipina-American girl that is absolutely in love with country music and dreams of being a huge star in the industry. But all that changes when ICE busts through the door and takes her mother away, threatening deportation. This leaves the young teen with the terrible choice of staying in her hometown and pursuing the career she so desperately wants or staying with her family, no matter where they go.
The film stars Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan, and Lea Salonga. “Yellow Rose” is directed by Diane Paragas, who is probably best known for her documentary work including the 2011 film, “Brooklyn Boheme.” She co-wrote this feature alongside Annie J. Howell and Celena Cipriaso.
“Yellow Rose” is expected to arrive in select theaters on October 9. You can watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
YELLOW ROSE is the timely story of a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.