The Flip Side

Director: Rod Pulido
Screenwriters: Rod Pulido

Institute History

  • 2001 Sundance Film Festival


When Darius Delacruz comes home from college for the summer, he has a new, more politically informed view of his Filipino heritage. He sets out on a mission wearing a tribal loincloth and insists on speaking Tagalog at the family dinner table. Darius confronts his wanna-be-white sister, who's contemplating a nose job, and his wanna-be-black brother, who's into rap music and, at five feet five inches, the NBA. The beauty of Darius's crusade is in the personal transformation of his grandfather, who comes alive when Darius is interested in their homeland and history.

Writer/director Rod Pulido has made a stellar kickoff with one of the few Filipino American feature films ever made. Dealing with themes of identity, culture, language, and assimilation, Pulido addresses issues faced by people of indigenous culture and therefore finds a suitable home for The Flip Side in the Native Forum.

— Heather Rae

Screening Details

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