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Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Mallorie Ortega and cast members Haven Everly, Paolo Montalban and Emy Coligado; preceded by short films REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING and LET'S EAT

Writer, director, producer and lyricist Mallorie Ortega comes home to present her feature film debut, the musical THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME. Christine left behind the pressures of family and a close-knit Filipino community to fulfill her dream of singing and dancing on the stage. She finally lands that breakout role only to learn her father has passed away. Rushing home to Maryland, Christine finds the voice she once reserved for the stage can also be used to soothe the troubles she tried to leave behind: broken relationships and a family business now on the verge of bankruptcy. Starring Haven Everly (THE L WORD: GENERATION Q; YOU) as Christine, with Paolo Montalban (1997's CINDERELLA) as Uncle Tony and Emy Coligado (CROSSING JORDAN, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE) as Mary. DIR/SCR/PROD Mallorie Ortega; PROD Emy Coligado, Russwin Francisco, Angelo Santos. U.S., 2020, color, 100 min. NOT RATED

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This USC student film follows a man, down on his luck, who has been given a second shot at life when the refrigerator he finds in a classified ad begins to offer unsolicited advice. Starring Tony Suriano (THE IRISHMAN). DIR/SCR Kevin Ung; PROD Subhro Das. U.S., 2021, color, 6 min. NOT RATED

LET'S EAT (2020)
In this animated short, a young immigrant mother and her daughter navigate through the beauty and challenges of life. Despite the difficulties they face, the warmth and love of family, exemplified in the food cooked for each other, provides comfort and closeness; a sign of their undying love. Starring Gina Su, Anna Xie, Nora Ng-Quinn and Amy Kuo. DIR/SCR Dixon Wong; PROD Amy Kuo. U.S., 2020, color, 7 min. NOT RATED

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About DC Asian Pacific American Film
DC Asian Pacific American Film was established to be the beacon of creative output of Asian and Asian American media arts through community outreach, social media platforms, collaborative efforts with other Asian Pacific American organizations and a film festival. The 21st edition of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival takes place online July 15–25, and AFI Silver is proud to co-present the festival's closing night presentation in person! For this year's full festival lineup, visit apafilm.org.

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