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DIWA Filipino Film Showcase

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The 10th Diwa Filipino Film Festival of Seattle


Diwa Filipino Film Festival of Seattle is a community-centered film festival made in cooperation with the annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, celebrating the Filipino spirit wherever it resides, by exhibiting films from the Philippine islands and beyond. Please join us for the 2024 Diwa Filipino Film Festival special edition taking place IN PERSON ONLY at the Seattle Center Armory Loft 4 on June 1st (11am-1pm, then 3-7pm) and 2nd (11am-7pm), 2024. As we celebrate our 10th year anniversary this year, we will be screening a selection of films from previous editions of Diwa. Admission is Free!


  • Ang Munting Mambabasa by Inshallah Montero (7 min, Tagalog w/ English subtitles)

  • The Monkey and The Turtle by Jade Dandan Evangelista (5 min, English)

  • Living Treasure by Maribel Apuya (11 min, English)

  • Sa Dayuhang Entablado by Vanessa Almacen (8 min, Tagalog w/ English subtitles)

  • What You can’t Take with You by Shirley Camia (2 min, English)

  • Dear Palalaab by Alexander Catedral (4 min, English)

  • Before by Arlo Jhan Bayot (8 min)

  • Prinsesa by Drew Stephens (12 min, English)

  • Kun ‘Di Man by Phyllis Grande (19 min, Tagalog w/ English subtitles)

  • Magulong Sayaw ng Buhay by Arjanmar Rebeta (12 min, Tagalog w/ English subtitles)

Diwa is directed and curated by Adrian Alarilla, a writer, filmmaker, and a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa studying Filipino migration focusing on kinship networks and genealogies of movement in both U.S. empire and Filipino nation. Born and raised in the Philippines, he is currently based in Seattle. His films parallel his research interests, as he uses the personal documentary genre to reflect on and process the contemporary experience of Filipino migration. He has shown his works, including his first full-length documentary film project, “Kung Saan Man Tayo (Wherever We May Be),” all over the US, Canada, Mexico, Cambodia, Bangladesh, South Korea, and the Philippines.

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