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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

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

" 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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