Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will hold free screenings of West Asian films, "Laces" and Two Hearts as One" on 12 November 2019, 3 – 7 pm, ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first-served. Walk-ins are welcome but participants are encouraged to sign up.


LACES (3–5 PM)


Gadi is a child-adult with Down Syndrome. He has a unique sense of humor, an infectious laugh and endless optimism. His mother’s sudden death forces Gadi to move temporarily to the house of his biological father, from whom he’s been estranged most of his life. Reuven, Gadi’s father, absorbed in his own problems, has always been put off by interactions with his unusual son.

But the hidden love between father and son grows steadily stronger as they get to know each other again. Gadi’s endless optimism will console them all when the two of them have to cope with the tribulations that await them.

About the Film

"Laces" is directed by Jacob Goldwasser. It was first released for screening in 2018. Its running time is 98 minutes. The movie received eight nominations from the Israeli Film Academy, including Best Picture. The Embassy of Israel in Manila holds the exclusive rights for the screening of "Laces." The UP Asian Center acknowledges their support for the film screening.



A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite. (IMDb)

About the Film

A Turkish film released in 2014, "Two Hearts as One" was directed by Hasan Kiraç. Its running time is 126 minutes.


This event is part of the Asian Center's 64th anniversary celebrations. View full list activities and sign up. The West Asian film screenings are part of Asian Center anniversary activities for Dec 12.

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