Mildred German (right) with VQFF 2019’s “Come Around” crew, Virgil Hilario and Rhea Casido. (Provided)

Updated: August 18, 2019, 10 PM.

Two films highlight Filipino LGBTQ+ community members

Mildred German

Vancouver, BC

To bring diversity to the audience, VQFF 2019 will present two films that highlight the Filipino LGBTQ+ stories. These films are “Billie and Emma”, which is a film from the Philippines, directed by Samantha Lee. The other entry film is a local entitled “Come Around” by Andy Alvarez, starring Virgil Hilario and Rhea Casido, as part of the “The Coast is Queer” Short Programs.

Lee, a Philippine-based filmmaker who advocates for better representation of women and the LGBTQ+ in cinema, came to Vancouver in 2017 to showcase her first film, “Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas)” at the 29th VQFF. The film won various awards both in the Philippines and abroad, including the “Emerging Talent Award” at the OutFest 2017. Audiences at the VQFF 2017 chose it as the “Best Feature”.pastedGraphic.png

Director Samantha Lee with audiences of the 2017 “Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas)” film screening at the 29th Vancouver Queer Film Festival. (Photo: Stella Reyes)

For the 31st VQFF, Lee will be bringing her 2018 film, “Billie and Emma”, which is a story about a pregnant teenager in the Philippines who falls in love with the new girl in her school. The film is in Pilipino with English subtitles. It will be shown on August 17, 2019, 2pm at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver.