ULAM: Main Dish
directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
Documentary Feature | 2018 | USA | 80 min | English
“Could it be that Filipino food, the underdog of Asian cuisines, is having its moment at last?” — THE NEW YORK TIMES
In this delicious new documentary, Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo answers this question — and follows the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs crossing over to the center of the American table.
ULAM: Main Dish stages this new culinary movement as not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identity, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. Ultimately, ULAM is a celebration — and confirmation — that Filipino food, and Filipinos, are here to stay.
Alexandra Cuerdo is a Filipino-American director, producer and editor, recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women In the World by the Filipina Women's Network. MSN ranks her feature directorial debut, ULAM: Main Dish as one of the "Top 5 Food Documentaries to Watch" now. ULAM had its sold-out world premiere as one of 5 films in Launch at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2018, and has continued to play sold-out screenings at festivals in Hawaii, San Diego, Newport Beach and Los Angeles. It has been selected as the Closing Night film for the 2018 Asian American International Film Festival in New York City. Alexandra's work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue, TimeOut, Filmmaker Magazine, Eater and more. The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold called Alexandra's film a "love letter" to Filipino food, and Stark Insider has crowned ULAM with "Four Stars — Smashing."
As a content producer and editor, Alexandra's videos for BuzzFeed have achieved over 200 million views and over 1.5 million shares on Facebook. Previously, she has worked on films, television and digital content for HBO, ABC, NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Participant Media, Walt Disney Imagineering and more. She is based in Los Angeles and New York.