Joseph Nobile's Closer to Home  now on DVD

Filipina in Luzon Philippines marries American



Joseph Nobile's Closer to Home weaves a universal, haunting tale of two people inexorably drawn together for vastly different reasons. Dalisay struggles to journey from the Luzon province south of Manila in the Philippines countryside to New York City to marry Dean, a disillusioned ex-merchant marine. She’s hoping to buy a cure for her dying Filipina sister and, ultimately, a future for her debt-ridden Filipino family, while the American hopes to escape his disintegrating American family through love and a family of his own with a mailorderbride.  A powerful, controversial film that quietly builds to a shattering collision of aspirations and cultures.

   Closer to Home - Finally, a great movie that realistically shows life in the Philippines today. See the daily life of a small town family. Their relationships, hardships and joys. See their home, their town and the countryside with over 25 locations included.
   Then see how and why this pretty Filipina teenager meets an older American man, their courtship, marriage and how she copes with the USA culture shock the first few months after she arrives in the USA.
   This is the movie we have been waiting on and I recommend it highly.  I have made arrangements directly with the film company in NYC to ship this high quality 2 hour DVD directly to you.  It's better than a Philippines travel video. Or other Asian travel guide, video, dvd, film, movie or book.  See photo gallery, reviews and screen capture pictures below.

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Filming Locations for Closer to Home (1995) 
   Batangas, Luzon, Philippines 
   Laguna, Luzon, Philippines    Taal Lake - Taal Volcano
   Metro Manila, Luzon, Philippines 
   Quezon, Luzon, Philippines 



Closer to Home  REVIEWS

A critically acclaimed film featured in over 26 international film festivals in 16 countries and the critics agree...

"A fine debut. Another Green Card Romance, but this time, the broader canvas--in both the Philippines and the US--gives the story a wider emotional range and a near epic feel."                (3 of 4 stars)-Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"...a creative and rewarding juxtaposition of two cultures, two families and two interesting individuals...a new look at the Filipino-American relationship..."                                               Nestor U. Torre, Philippine Daily Inquirer

"This strong, effective social drama cross-cuts between the cultures of the Philippines (richly observed) and the United States (as the empire downsizes) to give a recognizable if not always heartening portrait of the complexities of contemporaneous world relationships that evolve 'when strangers meet'." -Hawaii International Film Festival

" epic, enthralling tale..." -Virginia Film Festival

" beautifully, so convincingly and honestly presented one cannot help but be touched"--Ethel Ramos, Malaya

"...wholesome, intelligent film for the discriminating Filipino audience...we can see ourselves in the eyes of an American who loves us."--Billy Balbastro, Abante

"...bound to make heads turn and touch a lot of Filipino hearts..." -Ricky Lo, The Philippine Star

 Closer to Home - - 2 hour high quality DVD movie with great love story as well as much about life in smal towns in Philippines.  I highly recommend it, Jean

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DVD technical information:  English sub-titles included where needed Language in English and Filipino - Tagalog

Closer to Home is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1 for American TVs. This new digital transfer to DVD was created on a Ursa Diamond Y-front with DaVinci 888 color correction Telecine from a pristine master interpositive at Duart, New York City, Telecine Colorist:Bill Stokes and at LaserPacific, Los Angeles, Telecine Colorist: Pam Moreau, supervised and approved by Director of Photography Irek Hartowicz. The soundtrack was created from 35mm magnetic audio masters which was re-recorded on Dolby Digital A to a two-channel playback for a wider dispersal of the mono sound. Authoring, Encoding and Design at Metropolis DVD, New York City. Subtitling by Valerie Gorge, Laser Video Titres, Paris


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Closer to Home - - 2 hour high quality DVD movie with great love story as well as much about life in smal towns in Philippines.  I highly recommend it, Jean

Finally, a great movie that realistically shows life in the Philippines today. See the daily life of a small town family. Their relationships, hardships and joys. See their home, their town and the countryside with over 25 locations included.  More

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At the request of many, I have made a 90 minute DVD featuring 7 friends & myself just being ourselves.  This is meant as a way for you to see Filipina personalities & get to know us better.  In part of the movie we are dressed-up for a party, part we are casual, part dressed for Church and part in our nightgowns as party is a 2 day sleepover. Rest is Philippines info, Hong Kong info & a surprise bonusMore




Our star Dalisay with her father and two younger sisters at Taal Lake
Our star Dalisay with her father and two younger sisters at Taal Lake

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Marrying in Protestant Churches is quite easy.  If marrying in the Catholic Church certain requirements need to be met. It should be noted that the Catholic Church is not at all keen on quick marriages and a lot will depend on the priest concerned.  Catholics should bring their Baptismal Certificate and First Holy Communion and Confirmation certificates would be useful. The Baptismal Certificate is essential even if the other certificates cannot be found. Non-Catholics could bring along their baptismal certificates also. Catholics could bring a letter from their parish priest which could help their case if the Catholic Church is unwilling to marry the couple. Men who are divorced may not marry in the Catholic Church.  The best Policy would be for the lady to see her Parish Priest well in advance of your arrival in the Philippines in order that she can find out what the policy of the church is.  It is unlikely that genuine couples will have problems marrying in the Catholic Church. The lady may be expected to attend some instruction sessions on marriage which she can attend before you arrive.
Your influence over your new wife carries a great responsibility.  For You, she has left behind everything in life she has known: family, country, friends and most of her personal belongings.  She left these things behind and came alone to be with you.  Take the responsibility seriously.   Shower her with kindness, respect, affection and tolerance.
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"Social customs" would be those customs where marriages are traditionally arranged by the parents of the bride and groom and the bride and groom are prohibited from meeting prior to the wedding day. In addition to establishing the custom or practice, the petitioner must also show that all other traditional aspects of the marriage will be met. Such documentation must include letters from the religious sect leaders. The religion must be recognized by the United States government as a bonafide religious group. Internal Revenue Service recognition is a good indicator of the bonafide nature of the religious order.
Sudden embracing of the religion by the petitioner is unacceptable and the first marriage for the woman is the only one that allows for this type of arrangement.

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