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Directed by Melissa Jane Rodriguez

Ever since her mother passed and her father took ill, Josie has chosen to bear the weight of it all on her own shoulders, enduring a job that is breaking her spirit one phone call at a time and cutting herself off from anyone and anything that could give her the happiness and sense of purpose that she so desperately lacks and so clearly deserves. She ventures out into the world for a missing ingredient in Sinigang, a traditional Filipino soup that is said to have healing qualities and encounters four individuals who each resonate strongly with parts of her own personality. Through the encouragement of her father and her own realizations, Josie begins to discover that through the powers of love and kindness, anything is possible.

Melissa Jane Rodriguez is a Los Angeles-based actress of Filipino and Spanish descent.
“Sinigang” marks her debut as a director. Melissa co-founded and owns the production company, Bandit Filmworks, where she produces video content for small businesses as well as short films.

Staying connected to her culture, Melissa was an ambassador for Filipino Americans as Miss Binibining Pilipinas USA Tourism and was given the opportunity to meet Philippine President Aquino in 2016.

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Audience Award Winners: Short Films (Narrative and Documentary)

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Dates & Times


AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Tue, Oct 18
6:30 pm

AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Sun, Oct 16
5:30 pm