Cinephile № 858 “Yellow Rose”

Nathan Box
2 min readNov 10, 2020

Recommendation: 3/5 Stars, STREAM

Plot: “A Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.” -IMDB

Review: On the other side of xenophobia, racism, and cultural misunderstanding, are human beings pursuing the American dream in their own way. They may be found in meatpacking plants, in the back of your favorite restaurant, or cleaning your hotel room. “Yellow Rose” focuses on a Filipina teen named Rose Garcia (Eva Noblezada) in a small Texas town who has a deep love for country music and dreams of one day performing her own original songs. She and her mother are also here illegally. When Rose decides to rebel against her mother’s wishes by sneaking off to Austin with a boy for a concert, she narrowly misses Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents taking her mother into custody. This life-altering act launches a search for Rose’s voice and a nearly impossible search for a home.

The only negative thing I can say about this film is that, at times, the acting can be uneven. Beyond that, it is powerful. As we watch Rose find a safe space to live in the back of the concert hall where she found herself on the night her mother was taken, we see a young woman beginning to wrestle with the push and pull between her family and the only home she has ever known. When she is once again confronted with an ICE raid, things get even more complicated for her.

Realizing the concert hall is not safe, Rose finds sanctuary at the home of a local country music legend. Here, she is encouraged to put her story to song and work out her challenges in verse. As she crafts powerful lyrics and music, she once again faces homelessness.

Finding work at a hotel, continuing school, and digging deeper into her passion, Rose answers the question before her and discovers a true sense of home.

While it may not be the intention of this movie to make a political statement, it does by using human examples. Watching this film, it is hard not to empathize with those who have come here seeking a better life for themselves and their family. “Yellow Rose” gave me a lot to consider and I am confident it will do the same for you.

Be good to each other,

Nathan

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