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2018 Asian American International Film Festival

ULAM: MAIN DISH – Closing Night Presentation & Reception

Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo

DOCUMENTARIES, SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS / USA / 2017 / Documentary, Family, Food / 90 mins / English / New York Premiere

ULAM: MAIN DISH – Closing Night Presentation & Reception

Co-Presented by Asia Society
August 4, 2018 7:00 pm Not Available


EVENT IS SOLD OUT. There will be a rush line. Arrive one hour early and line up at guest services. Admission is NOT guaranteed.

“Could it be that Filipino food, the underdog of Asian cuisines, is having its moment at last?”—The New York Times

In this delicious new documentary, Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo answers this question and follows the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs crossing over to the center of the American table.

ULAM: MAIN DISH stages this new culinary movement as not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identities, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. Ultimately, ULAM is a celebration—and confirmation—that Filipino food, and Filipinos, are here to stay.

Post Screening Panelists:

Alexandra Cuerdo, Director
Rey Cuerdo, Producer

John Floresca, Cinematographer and Producer
Nicole Ponseca, Maharlika, Jeepney and Tita Baby’s
Miguel Trinidad, Chef at Maharlika and Jeepney
Alvin Cailan, Chef at The Usual, Eggslut, AMBOY, Unit 120 and Paper Planes

Schedule of events:

  • Dance performances by Sining Kapuluan
  • Screening of ULAM
  • Q&A
  • A reception at Asia Society featuring 6 Filipino restaurants (Maharlika, Jeepney, Tita Baby’s, The Usual NYC, Ihawan, and more to be announces), all night bar, dance party (beats by What’s the Bubble), and a whole lot of love!

Screening made possible by: Asian American Journalist Association NY Chapter, Asian Heritage Month @ NYU, New York City Asian American Student Conference, Kalusugan Coalition, Philippine Consulate

Director's Bio

Alexandra Cuerdo is a Filipino-American director, producer, and editor. Her directorial debut, ULAM: MAIN DISH, has been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue, Time Out, Eater, and more. MSN ranked it as one of the “Top 5 Food Documentaries to Watch” now. As a content producer, Cuerdo’s videos for BuzzFeed have achieved over 150 million views and over 1 million shares on Facebook. She has worked on films, television, and digital content for HBO, ABC, NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Participant Media, Walt Disney Imagineering, and more. Cuerdo is based in Los Angeles and New York.


Director: Alexandra Cuerdo
Producers: Rey Cuerdo, John Floresca
Director of Photography: John Floresca

Dates & Times

ULAM: MAIN DISH – Closing Night Presentation & Reception

Co-Presented by Asia Society
August 4, 2018 7:00 pm Not Available