Billie & Emma
East Coast Premiere
Dir. Samantha Lee, Philippines, 2018, 107 mins
In the Philippines during the 1990s, out teenager and rock-music-lover Billie is sent from Manila to live with her aunt in a rural village. Sticking out like a sore thumb in her strict Catholic high school, Billie develops an intimate bond with Emma, an ambitious classmate who is hiding the fact that she’s pregnant from her peers. Together, Billie and Emma stand up against oppressive school officials and gossipy classmates, and discover there is so much more to live for aside from religious doctrine. Visually distinct and heartwarming, this charming coming-of-age tale from writer/director Samantha Lee (MAYBE TOMORROW, NewFest 2017) underscores Lee’s commitment to telling tender stories about the Southeast Asian queer experience.
Writer: Samantha Lee
Cast: Gabby Padilla, Zar Donato, Beauty Gonzales, Chelo Aquino
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Presented in partnership with Sige! and Q-Wave.