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Eva Noblezada debuts on the musical drama film with Lea Salonga. Screengrab Yellow Rose.

“Yellow Rose”, the Filipino musical drama film about the life of immigrants in the United States starring Broadway and West End’s musical theater stars Lea Salonga and Eva Noblezada, will soon be screening worldwide through Sony Pictures.

The film’s social media announced Friday that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights for distribution of the film that stars Filipino-Mexican-American Eva Nobleza in the lead role as Rose Garcia and Filipino Broadway royalty Lea Salonga as her aunt.

“Yellow Rose is the first Filipino and Filipino American film to be acquired by Sony Pictures for theatrical release in the U.S.,” announced its producers on October 25. The film will also be screened in the Philippines through the ABS-CBN network.

Yellow Rose won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding North American Narrative Feature during its World Premiere at the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The festival also gave Eva Noblezada the Breakthrough Performance Award.

In September, Yellow Rose was awarded the Best Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival.

The film is nominated for the Kau Ka Hōkū Filmmaker Award at the 39th Hawaii International Film Festival scheduled from November 7 to 17.

Eva Noblezada plays Rose Garcia, an undocumented Filipina-American girl who dreams of being a country music star. Credits to Yellow Rose.

Yellow Rose depicts the American dream of immigrants through the story of Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl in Texas who dreams of being a country music star.

Two-time Tony nominee (Miss Saigon, Hadestown) Eva Noblezada’s film debut has her playing the role of Rose who faces immigrant issues of racism, living without her jailed mother played by Filipina actress Princess Punzalan, and moving from house to house including her aunt’s as played by Tony and Olivier winner Lea Salonga (original Miss Saigon star), to escape deportation.

The film is directed by Filipino-American multi-awarded documentary filmmaker Diane Paragas who migrated to America with her family during Martial Law in the Philippines and lived in Texas.

Yellow Rose is the Closing Night Film at the Boston Asian American Film Festival on October 27 and is scheduled to run in several festivals.

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