Mercury is Mine | New Filipino Cinema 2017
Mercury is Mine Screening Room Sat, Aug 26, 7PM Fri, Sep 1, 7:30PM See more at https://ybca.org/whats-on/mercury-is-mine 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) Part of: New Filipino Cinema 2017 Aug 17 - Sep 3, 2017 Screening Room The sixth annual edition of this showcase of independent cinema from the Philippines is, in part, a response to the current political climate. In the past year, "macho" president Rodrigo Duterte has been working to consolidate power, and reports of flagrant human rights abuses and strict social controls have skyrocketed. These films provide a broad look at social and political life in the Philippines today, from an in-person presentation about the war on drugs with photojournalist Raffy Lerma, to a film about transforming Filipina domestic workers into beauty queens, to an eight-hour marathon mourning the current state of the nation and a defiant cry of hope for the future. Though not as widely known as it deserves to be, independent cinema in the Philippines is remarkably vibrant and creative. Mirroring the country itself--which is made up of thousands of little islands, each with its own culture, dialect, and people--this showcase provides a snapshot of a huge range of artistic achievement. Co-curated by Philbert Dy and YBCA Film/Video Curator Joel Shepard. All films are shown digitally, in their original languages with English subtitles. Thu, Aug 17, 7:30PM and Sun, Aug 27, 2PM: Sunday Beauty Queen | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Fri, Aug 18, 4PM and Sat, Aug 26, 2PM: Forbidden Memory | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Fri, Aug 18, 7PM and Fri, Aug 25, 5:30PM: Apocalypse Child | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Fri, Aug 18, 9PM and Thu, Aug 31, 7:30PM: Seklusyon | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sat, Aug 19, 8PM and Thu, Aug 24, 7:30PM: Bliss | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sun, Aug 20, 1PM: Inside The War On Drugs | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sun, Aug 20, 3PM and Sun, Aug 27, 7PM: Hamog | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sun, Aug 20, 5PM and Fri, Sep 1, 5:30PM: Lily | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Fri, Aug 25, 7:30PM: Ma'Rosa | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sat, Aug 26, 4PM: Patay Na Si Hesus | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sun, Aug 27, 4PM: Pagdating Sa Dulo | New Filipino Cinema 2017 Sat, Sep 2, 12PM and Sun, Sep 3, 12PM: Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis | New Filipino Cinema 2017 See all of our upcoming films at ybca.org For more info, call 415.978.2787 or visit ybca.org Enjoy FREE same-day gallery admission with all YBCA presented performances & films!