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UH Hilo to wrap up Filipino American Heritage Month with film musical

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Date: Monday, October 26, 2009
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Filipino Advisory Committee concludes its Filipino American Heritage Month activities with a screening of the film “Fruit Fly,” on Thursday, October 29, 5 p.m, in Campus Center 301. The event is free and open to the public.

“Fruit Fly” is a musical by producer/writer H.P. Mendoza. The story follows Bethesda, a young Filipina American, who is searching for her birth mother and embarks on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

“Fruit Fly,” which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past March, represents a new generation of Asian American filmmaking. Mendoza, the director and singer-songwriter, was listed as one of the Top 15 Creative Talents of 2006 by UCLA Asia Pacific Arts.

Theresa Christine Navarro, who plays Sharon, one of Bethesda’s housemates, will be a featured speaker at this event. She will discuss various themes from the film and will take part in a Q & A session following the 90-minute film.

The event is co-sponsored by the Minority Access and Achievement Program (MAAP), New Student Programs (NSP), Kipuka in the Division of Student Affairs and the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department.

For more information, contact Ginger Hamilton at 974-7451 or Myhraliza Aala at 933-0732.

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