THE DEBUT

Directed by Gene Cajayon

Cast: Dante Basco, Darion Basco, Derek Basco, Dion Basco, Eddie Garcia, Gina Alajar, Tirso Cruz III

20 years ago, when THE DEBUT premiered at CAAMFest (formerly known as San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) it was clear it was an important milestone for Asian American cinema. One of the first feature films made by and for the Filipino American community, it created a blueprint for future productions and continues to inspire new generations of storytellers.

Dante Basco (CAAMFest 2021 Spotlight Honoree) shines as Ben Mercado, a talented high school senior who has dreams of becoming an artist. Sadly Ben’s strict father disagrees and will do anything he can to change it. With a wonderful ensemble cast and masterful direction by filmmaker Gene Cajayon, this enchanting film continues to be be relevant and a pure joy to watch.

THIS FILM IS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND. 

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THE RETROSPECTIVES

CAAMFest is a year away from turning the big 4-0. So at this year’s festival, we are starting the celebration early showcasing many iconic titles from our years past. Whether at Fort Mason FLIX or on our virtual showcase, join us as we rescreen these powerful narratives and documentaries.

SPOTLIGHT: DANTE BASCO

Every year, CAAM is honored to celebrate someone who has made an indelible mark in the media landscape….