“Could it be that Filipino food, the underdog of Asian cuisines, is having its moment at last?” — The New York Times
Award-winning chefs and restauranteurs Nicole Ponseca (New York), Charles Olalia (San Francisco), and Alvin Cailan (Los Angeles), amongst others, are introducing Filipino cuisine and culture in restaurants across the continent.
Meet this new generation of passionate food artists and discover the spectacular flavours that make up their cuisine in ULAM: Main Dish, a delicious introduction to the exploding Filipino food movement. Including dishes such as Kamayan, a feast served on banana leaves, adobo, a preparation that features vinegar, lumpia egg rolls and pancit, a variety of noodles — traditional recipes are gracing the North American food landscape with a fresh twist.
This delicious documentary confronts issues inherent in representing Filipino and American identity, 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. –KE
Alvin Cailan, Nicole Ponseca, Miguel Trinidad, Romy Dorotan, Amy Besa, Johneric Concordia, Christine Arquel-Concordia, Charles Olalia, Chase Valencia, Chad Valencia, Andre Guerrero
Alexandra Cuerdo (in attendance)
Alexandra Cuerdo is a Filipino-American director, producer and editor. She was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women’s Network. As a content producer and editor, Cuerdo’s videos for BuzzFeed have garnered over 200 million views and over 1.5 million shares on Facebook. Previously, she has worked on films, television and digital content for HBO, ABC, NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Participant Media, Walt Disney Imagineering and more. ULAM: Main Dish is Cuerdo’s first feature length documentary.
2018 San Francisco International Film Festival
2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival