at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Bikini Open: A Mockumentary

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Wednesday, 20 February
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian
Philippines, 2005, 105 minutes
Tagalog and English with English Subtitles

Before Jeffrey Jeturian made his art house favorite KUBRADOR, he filmed BIKINI OPEN, a mockumentary poking fun at reality television, morality and the nature of fame in the modern Philippines. A television reporter, portrayed by the ever luminous Cherry Pie Picahce, is desperate for ratings. Her new show goes behind-the-scenes at one of the Philippines’ many bikini fashion contests to expose the hypocrisy, competition and the shallowness of all involved. Scantily-clad bodies, Filipino in-jokes and subtle, witty humor make this satire both biting and entertaining!

Jeffrey Jeturian holds a communication arts degree from the University of the Philippines. He started as a production assistant for Marilou Diaz Abaya’s ALYAS BABY TSINA (1984) before embarking on a career as a script supervisor, production designer, television director and finally, as film director. His first two films, SANA PAG-IBIG NA (1998) and PILA BALDE (1999) are both critically acclaimed. PILA BALDE, with the international title FETCH A PAIL OF WATER, in addition bagged a round of overseas honors-Gold Prize, 2000 Houston-Worldfest (Texas, USA) International Film Festival; NETPAC Jury Prize, 1999 Cinemanila International Film Festival; exhibition in Lincoln Center in the United States as well as in other countries such as Sweden, Germany, France, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Italy. Variety, the United States’ entertainment bible, carried in its recent issue a feature on Jeffrey. His seventh film, KUBRADOR, is the current toast of critics and film buffs.

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