MOVIES SIMILAR TO AMERICAN ADOBO
The everyday struggles of people trying to bridge two cultures, as well as their attempt to find happiness in their new homeland. Tere (Cherrie Pie Picache), mid-forties and single, hosts a dinner for a friend visiting from Manila, Lorna. Invited are their New York City-based friends and former college classmates — Mike (Christopher De Leon), a newspaper editor in his forties, Gerry (Ricky Davao), an advertising copywriter and closeted gay, and Marissa (Dina Bonnevie).
A Filipino leader (Joel Torre) must decide whether to keep the peace with the American troops occupying his village or join the insurgency with his brother and son.
When Adam (Ian Gamazon), an American with roots in the Philippines, returns to his native land to bury his father, he receives a call that his sister and mother have been abducted. The caller soon makes specific demands of Adam, and he must follow them exactly to avoid harm coming to his remaining family. Eventually Adam discovers that the kidnapper is affiliated with a Muslim terrorist organization called the Abu Sayyaf, and the stakes in the tense situation become increasingly higher.
3. GOOD BYE AMERICA
Violence erupts shortly after the U.S. Navy announces plans to withdraw from a Philippine base in 1992.
To raise money for her daughter’s college tuition, a plucky divorcee (Vilma Santos) tries out for various acting jobs and lands a part on a Filipino soap opera.
5. SMOKE SIGNALS
Arnold (Gary Farmer) rescued Thomas (Evan Adams) from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold’s son Victor (Adam Beach) resents his father’s alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. Uneasy rivals and friends, Thomas and Victor spend their days killing time on a Coeur d’Alene reservation in Idaho and arguing about their cultural identities. When Arnold dies, the duo set out on a cross-country journey to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold’s ashes.