Asian American International Film Festival: 'Ulam: Main Dish'

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Closing Night Presentation and Party

ULAM: MAIN DISH

Part of the 41st Asian American International Film Festival
Presented by Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society


ULAM: Main Dish 
Dir. Alexandra Cuerdo
2017. U.S. 90 min. Color. English. New York Premiere.
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 7 p.m.

"Could it be that Filipino food, the underdog of Asian cuisines, is having its moment at last?" — The New York Times

In this delicious new documentary, Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo answers this question and follows the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs crossing over to the center of the American table. 

Ulam: Main Dish stages this new culinary movement as not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identities and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. Ultimately, Ulam is a celebration — and confirmation — that Filipino food, and Filipinos, are here to stay.

Post Screening Panelists:
Alexandra Cuerdo, Director
Rey Cuerdo, Producer
John Floresca, Cinematographer and Producer
Nicole Ponseca, Maharlika, Jeepney and Tita Baby’s
Miguel Trinidad, Chef at Maharlika and Jeepney
Alvin Cailan, Chef at The Usual, Eggslut, AMBOY, Unit 120 and Paper Planes

Followed by a reception.

ULAM: Main Dish - Official Trailer #1 (HD) from Alexandra Cuerdo on Vimeo.

For tickets and more information, click here


The 41st Asian American International Film Festival runs from July 25 to August 4 with screenings at Asia Society and Cinema Village East.

Click here for a complete Festival schedule and tickets.

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) premiered in the summer of 1978 in New York City answering a growing need for social understanding, cultural diversity in American life, and independent cinema. AAIFF is the first festival in the U.S. to showcase film and video work by artists of the Asian Diaspora. Forty years later, the AAIFF has grown to include films and video from more than 30 countries, a variety of topical panels and workshops, industry mixers, staged readings, exclusive interviews, receptions and more.

Event Details

Sat 04 Aug 2018
7 - 11:30 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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$60 students/seniors; $80 general admission
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