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Sunday Beauty Queen
2018 YBCA Films
Sunday Beauty Queen
dir. Baby Ruth Villarama
Beneath Hong Kong’s glittering facade, nearly two hundred thousand Filipinas are domestic workers living in relative anonymity with their employers. They work twenty-four hours a day, six days a week, with only Sunday off. In a beauty pageant like no other, five women give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity. The film documents the lives of these hardworking Filipinas as they escape once a week from their foreign employers and take a break from a life far away from home. (2016, 94 min)
Thu 8/17/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Sunday Beauty Queen
Sun 8/27/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Sunday Beauty Queen

Forbidden Memory
2018 YBCA Films
Forbidden Memory
dir. Gutierrez Mangansakan II
In 1974, two years after the declaration of martial law in the Philippines, the Philippine army marched into the town of Malisbong, detained all the residents, and eventually killed around fifteen hundred of them. This documentary talks to the survivors of this little-known massacre, and they put into simple words what they went through. Their narratives are presented without any adornment, putting the reality of their experiences into sharp, painful focus. Winner of Best Documentary, Cinema One Originals Festival. (2016, 77 min)
Fri 8/18/17 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room Forbidden Memory
Sat 8/26/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Forbidden Memory

Apocalypse Child
2018 YBCA Films
Apocalypse Child
dir. Mario Cornejo
It is said that the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979) brought surfing to the shores of Baler, where much of the film was shot. But this is just one of many stories told about Baler, a place on the country’s eastern coast that is highly prone to myth and invention. Apocalypse Child explores the town’s relationship with its stories through the eyes of an outsider who has fallen in love with a surfing instructor said to have a (hint hint) very famous father. In the ensuing chaos of emotions, the film reveals a people still living with their colonial legacies, stuck riding the waves into the rocky shores of a traumatic past. (2016, 95 min)
Fri 8/18/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Apocalypse Child
Fri 8/25/17 5:30PM YBCA Screening Room Apocalypse Child

The Yeomen of the Guard
2018 Lamplighters
The Yeomen of the Guard
In a time when beheading was the preferred form of corporal punishment, for upper class prisoners at least, war hero Fairfax, a student of alchemy, is to be executed on a false charge of "dealings with the devil", put forward by a villainous relative who stands to inherit his estate. Fairfax’s friend Sergeant Meryll and his daughter, Phoebe, who is in love with Fairfax, concoct a plan to smuggle him out disguised as the Sergeant's son, a newly appointed Yeoman. Meanwhile, Fairfax manages to marry the first woman to come his way, the performer Elsie, who will inherit his estate and therefore thwart the scoundrel's plan. Add to the mix Elsie’s performing partner, Jack Point, who is in love with her, an incompetent “Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor”, and a crowd of bloodthirsty townsfolk ready for a good old-fashioned execution, we are ensured a plot full of love triangles, twists and turns, intrigue, lies, and alternative facts.

This dark comedy is the closest thing to grand opera in the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire. Combining poignancy and tragedy with humor to an extent not seen in any other Gilbert libretto, and boasting some of Sullivan's finest work with its soaring and complex musical score, Yeomen is considered the best of the canon by many fans.

“the ultimate operetta masterpiece” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Fri 8/18/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater The Yeomen of the Guard
Sat 8/19/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater The Yeomen of the Guard
Sat 8/19/17 8:00PM YBCA Theater The Yeomen of the Guard
Sun 8/20/17 2:00PM YBCA Theater The Yeomen of the Guard

2018 YBCA Films
dir. Erik Matti
The director of the acclaimed films On the Job (2013) and Honor Thy Father (2015) offers up this horror-parable set in a monastery in 1947. A group of deacons are undergoing their final trial before ordination: a week isolated from the rest of the world, confronted by the demons that still haunt them. The story builds around the kind of religious imagery familiar to anyone who’s been to the Philippines, subverting those aesthetics in service of an exploration of how corruption clings to even the most repentant souls. (2016, 88 min)
Fri 8/18/17 9:00PM YBCA Screening Room Seklusyon
Thu 8/31/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Seklusyon

2018 YBCA Films
dir. Jerrold Tarog
Iza Calzado plays Jane Ciego, an actress looking to be taken seriously. She produces and stars in a film meant to propel her into the international festival scene, but ends up getting severely injured. She recuperates in the care of her useless husband and a weirdly antisocial nurse. This intricately structured tale (by the director of Heneral Luna [2015]) blurs the boundaries between dream and reality, using genre elements to bring to life the monstrous nature of people in an image-obsessed society. (2017, 100 min)
Sat 8/19/17 8:00PM YBCA Screening Room Bliss
Thu 8/24/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Bliss

Inside The War On Drugs With Photojournalist Raffy Lerma
Raffy Lerma is a photojournalist based in Manila. For twelve years he worked as a staff photographer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, covering the daily news beat in metro Manila. He recently shifted into working independently to focus on documenting the government’s “war on drugs,” which he has covered since the beginning of the Duterte presidency. Lerma shot the photo that went viral and came to be known as “The Pieta,” and he was featured in the 2017 New York Times documentary When a President Says, “I’ll Kill You.” Lerma joins us in person to present a slideshow of his recent work and discuss the situation on the ground.
Sun 8/20/17 1:00PM YBCA Screening Room Inside The War On Drugs With Photojournalist Raffy Lerma

Hamog (Haze)
2018 YBCA Films
Hamog (Haze)
dir. Ralston Jover
All over the Philippines you will find homeless street children, known as batang hamog, or “children of the dew.” With amazing performances by its young cast, Hamog’s unique blend of gritty drama and magical realism explores the lives of a group of these children. They may be thieves, but they have a stronger moral code than the corrupt society in which they live. After a heist goes tragically wrong, they find their world about to be turned upside down. (2015, 100 min)
Sun 8/20/17 3:00PM YBCA Screening Room Hamog (Haze)
Sun 8/27/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Hamog (Haze)

2018 YBCA Films
dir. Keith Deligero
Lily springs from a popular urban legend in Cebu about a shape-shifting witch who supposedly roams the streets at night. The film imagines a backstory for this witch, casting her as a woman betrayed by the man she loves, left to die while he flees for a better life in Manila. This story is filtered through an avant-garde lens that unravels the various imbalances in Filipino society, whether between man and woman, rich and poor, Christian and not. Lily is strange and haunting, yet speaks with an authentic, confident voice. (2016, 110 min)
Sun 8/20/17 5:00PM YBCA Screening Room Lily
Fri 9/1/17 5:30PM YBCA Screening Room Lily

2018 YBCA Films
dir. Brillante Mendoza
An ordinary family tries to make ends meet by selling small amounts of “ice” (crystal meth). They get set up by a drug user, and the parents are arrested. Thus begins a harrowing downward spiral, as their children race to find the money to pay off the corrupt police. The film unfolds in what feels like real time, in a gritty social realist style. Lead actress Jaclyn Jose gives the performance of a lifetime, for which she received the Best Actress award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Brillante Mendoza, an internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmaker, directed President Duterte’s inaugural state of the nation address. (2016, 110 min)
Fri 8/25/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Ma’Rosa

Patay Na Si Hesus (Jesus Is Dead)
dir. Victor Villanueva
Jaclyn Jose stars as a mother taking her children on a road trip from Cebu to Dumaguete to attend the funeral of their father, whom they barely knew. This sharp, at times wacky road comedy takes odd turns through the personal lives of its characters, none of whom conform to the traditional portrait of the god-fearing Filipino family member. Branded with a uniquely Bisaya sense of humor, the movie has a uniquely off-kilter comedic rhythm. (2016, 90 min)
Sat 8/26/17 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room Patay Na Si Hesus (Jesus Is Dead)

Mercury Is Mine
2018 YBCA Films
Mercury Is Mine
dir. Jason Paul Laxamana
The superb comic actress Pokwang stars as a grouchy cook who is about to close down her restaurant at the foot of Mount Arayat due to a lack of customers. When a mysterious American teenager named Mercury appears out of nowhere and begs for work, a strange relationship develops. Mercury Is Mine is a touching, offbeat, and often funny drama, as well as a not-so-veiled commentary on American colonialism. (2016, 97 min)
Sat 8/26/17 7:00PM YBCA Screening Room Mercury Is Mine
Fri 9/1/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Mercury Is Mine

Pagdating sa Dulo (At the Top) – Restored Version
dir. Ishmael Bernal
This was the debut commercial feature of Ishmael Bernal (1938–1996), considered one of the greatest filmmakers the Philippines ever produced. Rita Gomez plays a stripper fed up with her lot in life. Luckily, or so it seems at first, she is discovered by a movie director (Eddie Garcia) and put on a path to stardom. Bernal always had a rebellious, subversive streak that added fascinating nuance to his films. Within the context of this exploration of the toxicity of show business, he reveals the greater tyrannies of a society on the verge of martial law. (1971, 117 min)
Sun 8/27/17 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room Pagdating sa Dulo (At the Top) – Restored Version

Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)
dir. Lav Diaz
Master filmmaker Lav Diaz turns his eye on revolutionary times with a movie that seamlessly blends real history with some of the country’s seminal tales and legends. Simoun and Isagani (Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz), characters from national hero José Rizal’s El Filibusterismo (1891), escape into the wilderness following the events of the novel. Meanwhile, Gregoria de Jesus (Hazel Orencio), wife of revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio, goes in search of her husband’s corpse, only to be waylaid by mischievous forest creatures. In this nexus of reality and fiction emerges a mournful wail for the state of the Philippine Republic, and a defiant cry of hope for future generations of Filipinos. Presented with a one-hour intermission at 4pm. (2016, 485 min)

“An ambitious statement by one of contemporary cinema’s authentic radicals.” —Jonathan Romney, Screen International

“A gorgeous film that traces the outlines of the Philippine character, flaws and virtues and all, from the ferment of its end-of-the-century rebellion through its four hundred years of colonial past down to its ancient pagan roots. . . . The film was made for us Filipinos, to fill our hunger for poetry and narrative and magic, to give us back a sense of our storied past, our mythical and historical dead.” —Noel Vera, Critic after Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema
Sat 9/2/17 12:00PM YBCA Screening Room Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)
Sun 9/3/17 12:00PM YBCA Screening Room Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)

Transform Fest Program A: Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit
Thu 9/14/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Transform Fest Program A: Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit
Fri 9/22/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Transform Fest Program A: Embodiment Project & Jesse Hewit

Transform Fest Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique
Fri 9/15/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Transform Fest Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique
Sat 9/23/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Transform Fest Program B: RAWdance & Fauxnique

Transform Fest Program C: Amy Seiwert’s Imagery & Arrington/Ndu/Zomorodinia & Fogbeast
Sat 9/16/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Transform Fest Program C: Amy Seiwert’s Imagery & Arrington/Ndu/Zomorodinia & Fogbeast
Thu 9/21/17 8:00PM YBCA Forum Transform Fest Program C: Amy Seiwert’s Imagery & Arrington/Ndu/Zomorodinia & Fogbeast

Bronx Gothic
2018 YBCA Films
Bronx Gothic
by Andrew Rossi
An electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show titled BRONX GOTHIC.
Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui’s one-woman show fuses dance, song, drama and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui – who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor – and her audiences off the stage, this film allows for unparalleled insight into the creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it. (2017, 91 min, digital)

*This film is presented in conjunction with our Transform Fest.
Sun 9/17/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Bronx Gothic
Sun 9/24/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Bronx Gothic

Thu 10/12/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Conversations with Gay Elders

2018 YBCA Films
Thu 10/26/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Animals
Sun 10/29/17 4:00PM YBCA Screening Room Animals

2018 YBCA Films
Shocking Shorts!
Fri 10/27/17 7:30PM YBCA Screening Room Shocking Shorts!

YBCA 100 Summit
2018 YBCA Pedagogy
YBCA 100 Summit
The Summit takes you on a provocative exploration of culture, politics, truth, and equity. Through talks and performances, YBCA 100 honorees share the urgent questions that drive their work. In turn, we create space and time for YOU to respond to these questions and engage in dialogue with our honorees and each other. Not in the mood for conversation? Feel free to simply soak in the inspiration, knowledge, and energy of the day!

What is the YBCA 100 list?
The YBCA 100 is an annual compilation of the 100 people, organizations, and movements that inspire us most. It celebrates the creative leaders and provocateurs who are using their platform to create cultural movement.
Sat 10/28/17 12:30PM YBCA YBCA 100 Summit: Session 1
Sat 10/28/17 3:00PM YBCA YBCA 100 Summit: Session 2
Sat 10/28/17 5:30PM YBCA YBCA 100 Summit: Session 3

2018 YBCA Films
Sun 10/29/17 2:00PM YBCA Screening Room Vampir-Cuadecuc

The Gondoliers
2018 Lamplighters
The Gondoliers
Due to a mix-up during infancy, a pair of handsome Venetian Gondoliers have, much to their delight, suddenly become kings! Their brand new wives aren’t quite so pleased though, once they find out that the rightful king is also married by proxy to Casilda, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro! Only one pair can be the rightful rulers but, until the identity of the true monarch can be established, the boys must share the royal duties. Being idealists, they really don’t mind! Set by the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal, the singing Gondolieri and Contadine, and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria, make The Gondoliers an exuberant, happy valentine, wrapped in some of Sullivan’s most tuneful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti. Within this joyful opera Gilbert ingeniously skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics alongside Sullivan’s lovely, lilting score.

“a hilarious island of sunshine” – The Mercury News
Fri 2/2/18 8:00PM YBCA Theater The Gondoliers
Sat 2/3/18 2:00PM YBCA Theater The Gondoliers
Sat 2/3/18 8:00PM YBCA Theater The Gondoliers
Sun 2/4/18 2:00PM YBCA Theater The Gondoliers