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Learning Tagalog with Kayla

Directed by Kayla Galang

In this Tagalog lesson, Kayla will teach you conversational phrases, common expressions, and what it’s like to feel sad and trapped inside your own home.

Kayla Abuda Galang is a second-ish generation Filipino American making films rooted in nostalgia, everyday absurdity, and working class girlhood. Her short films, Joan on the Phone (2016) and Learning Tagalog With Kayla (2021), have premiered at SXSW, the latter receiving the Audience Award in the Texas Shorts Competition. Her work has also screened at festivals such as Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Oak Cliff Film Festival. She is based in Austin, Texas with her partner and two cats. Kayla is currently in pre-production for her next short film, Boulevard, shooting Spring 2022. It is a stoner comedy set at a family Thanksgiving in mid-2000s Southeast San Diego.


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Shorts Program I: Connect the Dots

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening Moderator: Trixi Agiao