“Bitter Melon” premieres at CAAMFest

HP Mendoza’s “Bitter Melon,” a tragi-comedy that addresses the hidden issues of domestic abuse in Filipino American and other immigrant families, premiered at CAAMFest — the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films.

Bitter-Melon, co-produced by Cinematografo Originals, premiered as a centerpiece film to a sold-out crowd at CAAMFest 36, held at the AMC Kabuki in San Francisco on Saturday.

Bitter Melon tells the story of a Filipino-American family that reunites for Christmas at their San Francisco home, only to find a violent and abusive family member ruling the household.

HP Mendoza is one of three directors that won last year’s Cinematografo originals contest, which provides one or more production grants of $100,000 to the winning full-length feature scripts, either narrative or documentary, to produce a feature film.

Bitter Melon will screen at CAAMFest on May 19 at the Roxie Theater, and May 23 at the Piedmont Theater in Oakland.

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