From the Episode: Choices

Pagpag

| March 10, 2015

Tisch Asia / 2012 / 15 minutes / English and Tagalog with English subtitles / Color

“Now, Rose will dance.”

Seventy-year-old Perla is a “pagpag” (garbage food) vendor, barely eking out a living by finding leftover food at the dump and re-selling it. Since foreign couples who have trouble adopting via other means will pay big money to adopt a child unofficially, Perla coaches her orphaned granddaughter Rose on her “audition,” hoping the child will charm a visiting couple. Inspired by a 2011 case about a 6-year-old child who was exploited on a Filipino game show, Pagpag is a meditation on the nature of contemporary family and a commentary on the effects of media and poverty on Philippine society.

Written and directed by John Paul Su, who was named Best Asian-American Filmmaker by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for his work on the film. Principal cast: Bibeth Orteza and Daisy Jadoc.

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