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Synopsis

Closer to Home weaves a universal, haunting tale of two people inexorably drawn together for vastly different reasons. Dalisay struggles to journey from the Philippine countryside to New York City to marry Dean, a disillusioned ex-merchant marine. She’s hoping to buy a cure for her dying sister and, ultimately, a future for her debt-ridden family, while he hopes to escape his disintegrating American family through love and a family of his own. A powerful, controversial film that quietly builds to a shattering collision of aspirations and cultures.

 

 


A critically acclaimed film featured in 30 international film festivals in 17 countries around the world...

"A fine debut. Another Green Card Romance, but this time, the broader canvas--in both the Philippines and the US--gives the story a wider emotional range and a near epic feel."                (3 of 4 stars)-Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"...a creative and rewarding juxtaposition of two cultures, two families and two interesting individuals...a new look at the Filipino-American relationship..."                                               Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer

"This strong, effective social drama cross-cuts between the cultures of the Philippines (richly observed) and the United States (as the empire downsizes) to give a recognizable if not always heartening portrait of the complexities of contemporaneous world relationships that evolve 'when strangers meet'." -Hawaii International Film Festival

"...an epic, enthralling tale..." -Virginia Film Festival

"...so beautifully, so convincingly and honestly presented one cannot help but be touched"--Ethel Ramos, Malaya

"...wholesome, intelligent film for the discriminating Filipino audience...we can see ourselves in the eyes of an American who loves us."--Billy Balbastro, Abante

"...bound to make heads turn and touch a lot of Filipino hearts..." -Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star

 

Official Selection at the following International Film Festivals


 

 

 

Montreal International Film Festival

 


 

 

 

Philippine World Cinema Centennial, Manila


 

 

Chicago International Film Festival

 


 

Virginia Film Festival


 

Hawaii International Film Festival


 

 

India International Film Festival


 

 

La Rochelle International Film Festival


 

 

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival


 

Istanbul International Film Festival


 

 

Brisbane International Film Festival


 

Filipino American Film & Video Festival


 

 

Sao Paulo International Film Festival


 

 

Valadolid International Film Festival


 

 

 

Shanghai International Film Festival


 

 

Cambridge Film Festival


 

 

Cairo International Film Festival


 

 

Denver International Film Festival


 

Oslo International Film Festival


 

 

Kansas Film Fest


 

Palm Springs International Film Festival


 

 

Travelling Festival of Cinema of Rennes


 

 

 

Copenhagen Film Festival


 

 

Amiens International Film Festival

 


 

 

Human Rights Festival, Roma


 

University of the Philippines  UP Film Center - Cinemalibre


 

 

 

Philippine Centennial Festival (USA) at Lincoln Center

 

 


 

 

New York Filipino Film Festival


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