• Asian Future
I America
[ I America ]
Director: Ivan Andrew Payawal
  • Drama
International Premiere
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10/30 14:45- (106min) -
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Guest (tentative): Q&A: Ivan Andrew Payawal(Director/Screenplay/Executive Producer), Bela Padilla(Actress), Thou Reyes(Actor)
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11/02 12:50- (106min) -
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Q&A of Bela Padilla(Actress), has been cancelled. (Updated 11/2)
Guest (tentative): Q&A: Ivan Andrew Payawal(Director/Screenplay/Executive Producer), Elizabeth Oropesa (Actress), Thou Reyes (Actor)
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Erica, born to a US soldier and a Filipino mother, plans to get her passport and US visa to meet her father, who has been out of touch since he went back to America. In the meantime, she meets an American man, John. Is John Erica’s father? Erica’s quest for truth about her birth continues… In the Philippines, which used to host many US military bases, there is a social problem: many half-American, half-Filipino children don’t know who and/or where their soldier fathers are. This film, in which I America can be read “I Am Erica”, won the Cinemalaya 2016 Best Supporting Actress Award.

I America is a drama/comedy about a half-American/half-Filipina who struggles to complete the requirements to get her passport and US Visa so that she can meet her father in America in person for the first time. Things start to fall apart when she discovers there is a problem with the name on her birth certificate and she stumbles upon a dead end trying to seek her true identity from the people around her. Hurt and confused, Erica hides the truth from her alleged father, John. But she gets the su surprise of her life when John arrives in Olongapo and they meet for the first time. Erica embarks on a journey of truth as she discovers who she is.

[Director's Message]
I believe everyone can always relate to stories about self-discovery. It's an everyday struggle to know who we really are but a fulfilling journey nonetheless. I America definitely explores the lives of our Amerasian brothers and sisters and how they cope with living without knowing who their fathers are. They grew up angry and confused because a part of them is a question that remains unanswered. I arrived at the realization that regardless of where you come from, as long as you know who you are and learn to accept yourself, then life will be so much easier to endure.
Director Ivan Andrew Payawal

Born in Quezon City, The Philippines in 1985, Ivan Andrew Payawal's journey as a writer and director has been a challenging one. Opportunities have been scarce and competition tough, but with perseverance he remained resilient and finally his dreams are coming true. Ivan is now part of the creative team of The Idea First Company in The Philippines and has directed two films: The Comeback and I America.

Staff Director/Screenplay/Executive Producer : Ivan Andrew Payawal
Producer : Victoria Mostoles
Cinematographer : Carlo Mendoza
Production Designer : Michael Español
Assistant Director : Easy Ferrer
Editor : Carlo Francisco Manatad
Cast Bela Padilla
Rob Rownd
Elizabeth Oropesa
Thou Reyes
Matt Evans
Sheena Ramos
Rhyzza Kafilas
Kate Bautista
Joe Vargas
Raflesia Bravo
Lui Manansala
106min. Color Filipino, Tagalog [Subtitled in English and Japanese] | 2016 The Philippines |
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