Filipino Americans

The Movies, Race, Ethnicity (for cinema works by Asian American filmmakers or films with images of Asian Americans
People of Mixed Race - Interracial Marriage/Dating
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Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers
A film by Loni Ding. The untold story of how Asians--Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian--first arrived in the Americas. Film crosses centuries and oceans from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade, to the Opium War, to the 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean. 2001. 64 min. DVD X2989; Video/C 9659

Bontoc Eulogy
A personal and poignant docu-drama that examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's fair. The film focuses on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological 'specimens' in the Philippine village exhibit. A unique fusion of rare archival images, verite, and carefully orchestrated visual sequences shot in the present, the film is an innovative investigation of history, memory and the spectacle of the "other" in the turn-of-the-century America. A film by Marlon Fuentes. Dist. Cinema Guild. 56 min. DVD 8781; vhs Video/C 4168 (also as a second feature on Video/C 4393).

H-Net Review Project
Blumentritt, Mia. "'Bontac Eulogy', history and the craft of memory.(Essays into American Empire in the Philippines special issue)(Interview)." Amerasia Journal (Winter 1998): 75(1).
Feng, Peter X. "The Camera as Microscope: Cinema and Ethnographic Discourse." In: Identities in motion : Asian American film and videoDurham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, c2002. (MAIN: PN1995.9.A77 F46 2002)
Fuentes, Marlon. "Extracts from an Imaginary Interview: Questions and Answers about Bontoc Eulogy." In: F is for phony : fake documentary and truth's undoing / Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006; PFA PN1995.9.D62.F3 2006)
Homiak, John P. "The Body in the Archives: A Review of Bontoc Eulogy." American Anthropologist Dec 2000, Vol. 102, No. 4: 887-891. UC users only
Knaller, Susanne. "Scattered Voices. Some Remarks on a Narrative Theory of Postcolonial Storytelling.(Critical Essay)." The Germanic Review 74.2 (Spring 1999): 99.UC users only
Manalo, Caroline. "The little brown brother I never knew: History or his story." Heritage Spring96, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p38, 2p UC users only
Rony, Fatimah Tobing. "The quick and the dead: surrealism and the found ethnographic footage films of Bontoc Eulogy and Mother Dao: the Turtlelike." Camera Obscura (May 2003): 128(29). UC users only

The Comedy of Rex Navarrete: Certified komik organik
A collection of mature humorous pieces from Filipino comic Rex Navarrete, recorded live at the historic San Jose Improv. Taped live at The Improv in San Jose, CA on August 28 & 29, 2009. 65 min. DVD X4983

Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance.
Presents a portrait of Filipino farm laborers who came to the United States in the 1920's and 1930's. Voicing their recollections, these men reveal the poverty, and social and cultural difficulties they experienced. The social life of the men centered around illegal cock fights, athletic clubs, and dance halls. 30 min. DVD X3634; Video/C 1497

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Dreaming Filipinos.
A comedy satire which addresses the issue of what it means to be Filipino and looks into the preoccupation with being American. Tagalog dialogue, English subtitles. 52 min. Video/C 2457

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

East of Occidental .
The inhabitants of Seattle's International District, a unique neighborhood where Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino Americans have come together as a political and social force, tell the story of the Asian immigrants who came to America, but seldom appeared in the pages of our history books. 29 min. Video/C 1958

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The Fall of the I Hotel.
After the Manongs labored to build America, their San Francisco Manilatown community is wiped out by urban renewal, and 50 old-timers are forcibly evicted from the International Hotel by 300 cops in the dead of night. Documents destruction of the last block of Manilatown on Kearny Street. Written, produced and edited by Curtis Choy. 57 min. DVD 9475; vhs Video/C 1960

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Fated to Be Queer.
Four charming, articulate Filipino men illuminate some of their issues and concerns as gay people of color in the San Francisco Bay Area. 25 min. Video/C 3256

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Filipino Americans: Discovering Their Past for the Future.
Documentary film which surveys the longest resident Asian American ethnic group to immigrate to the United States, the Filipino Americans. From the California coast in 1587 and Louisiana bayous in 1763, to California migrant farms, Alaskan fish canneries, labor organizations and the armed services, Filipino immigrants have contributed to the development of American culture and economy. 54 min. Video/C 2265

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The Good Son
Traditional ideas of filial piety are challenged in this intimate documentary about a young Filipino American boxer living in New York City with his domineering father, a minister. Their living room doubles as a space for his practice of the Philippine martial art Kali, and his father's Sunday service, yet below their confict lies an unspoken truce. 2002. 9 min. Video/C 9685

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The Great Pinoy Boxing Era
This documentary on Filipino-American boxers of the great era of the 1920s through the 1940's includes historical footage of their world champions and other greats. Explains how their boxing techniques changed Western boxing, and through modern interviews shows how they were a source of pride, unity, and hope for other Filipino-Americans. 1995. 32 min. Video/C MM363

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Her Uprooting Plants Her.
After ten years in the United States, three Pilipina American sisters open a sari-sari (corner) store. On Christmas Eve, their family meets in the store and shares stories about their longing for home, before taking off to work the graveyard shifts at their various jobs. The film portrays the conflicts between the immigrant and U.S. born generations while recasting memories of loss and relocation. A film by Celine Salazar Parrenas. 1995. 17 min. Video/C 7369

In No One's Shadow: Filipinos in America.
Contains conversations with Filipino Americans about the history of their settlement in the U.S., and about their present condition. 28 min. Video/C 1498

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

The Learning
Chronicles an emotionally charged year in the lives of four Filipino women as they leave their homeland to teach in Baltimore's inner-city schools. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families' impoverished lives back home. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher's craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore's tough realities. Directed, produced & written by Ramona S. Diaz. c2011 98 min. DVD X7109

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Mahal Means Love & Expensive
A Filipina American explores her body as a map of American racialization and a gendered Philippine colonial history. A film by Celine Salazar Parrenas. Produced at UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television. 1993. 11 min. Video/C 7371

The Manilatown Series.
pecial feature: About Chonk Moonhunter. Contents: Tino's barbershop quartet in action / recorded by Curtis Choy and Jiro Maru (1972, b&w, 18 min.) -- Manongs: tenents of the I-Hotel / by Curtis Choy (1979, col. , 10 min.) -- Manilatown lives! / directed by Curtis Choy (1985, col., 15 min.) -- Rise of the I-Hotel / by Curtis Choy (2003, col. ; 9 min.)

Tino's barbersop quartet: Shows a Filipino American barbershop quartet performing in San Francisco's Manilatown. Manongs: Tenants of the I-Hotel: An atmospheric short showing Manilatown life and loss with the I-Hotel evictions with footage not see in "The fall of the I-Hotel." Manilatown lives! The denizens of Manilatown are down but not out as they celebrate the opening of another temporary, permanent Manilatown Senior Center, and pay homage at the vacant I-Hotel site. Rise of the I-Hotel: In the mid-70's senior filipino residents of the I-Hotel in San Francisco were forcibly evicted to make way for an urban renewal project. The fight to save the I-Hotel became a landmark event of Asian American activism. This film presents historical footage juxtaposed with the opening of a new Filipino senior citizens' center built on the same sight nearly 30 years later. Produced by Curtis Choy. 52 min. DVD 4162

Documentary on the Manong, the first wave of Filipino immigrants to America. Covers their contributions to the labor force and their struggle to build a community in the new world. 30 min. DVD 7645 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 357

Manuel Ocampo: God is My Copilot
Profile of Filipino-American artist Manuel Ocampo. Includes interviews with artists, collectors and gallery owners. "A documentary about identity politics in the contemporary art world, the film offers a rare view of how multiculturalism is bought and sold among the art world's elite. The film follows the young artist as he tries to transcend the identity box he has painted himself into." Directed by Phillip Rodriguez. 58 min. DVD X717

Philipino Artists: Struggle, Success, Tagumpay
Spotlights the swelling community of Filipino American artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through interviews and performance footage featuring a variety of talents -- comedians, dancers and recording artists -- this documentary celebrates this creative surge within the historically underrepresented Filipino American community. These young artists provide a fascinating glimpse into a thriving cultural movement which boldly claims its Philippine roots in the course of exploring new creative expression. c1999. 27 min. Video/C 7715

Savage Acts.
Using political cartoons, animations, documentary film and excerpts from diaries, examines American imperialism, expansionist policies and wars at the beginning of the 20th century. Special focus on the American annexation of the Philippine Islands and racial attitudes portrayed in the World's Fairs of 1893, 1901 and 1904. American Social History Productions. 30 min. DVD X2337; Video/C 4129

Review of Savage Acts from the H-Net Review Project

Silencio takes place in San Francisco, 1951, and focuses on the experience of a young Filipino-American trying to adjust to his predominantly Caucasion workplace. This short film explores the subtle ways racism affects members of a multi-ethnic family, especially when discrimination forces a mixed-blood sibling to reject part of his ethnic heritage and "pass" as Italian in order to fit in. 9 min. Video/C 6090

Silent Sacrifices: Voices of the Filipino American Family
Explores the Filipino American first and second generation immigrant experience. Frank discussions between teens, young adults and their parents reveal how issues of ethnic identity and opposing Filipino and American values contribute to youth's bouts with depression, parenting difficulties and intergenerational misunderstandings. 2001. 28 min. Video/C 9684

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Sin City Diary
Examines the wretched lives of Filipina women who work as prostitutes in Olongapo City, near the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, Philippines, and the plight of the Amer-Asian children who've been deserted by their American fathers. 1992. 29 min. Video/C 7752

Spirits Rising.
Portrays women in the Philippines and their history from pre-colonial times to the present. Includes myth, literature, news footage and interviews with prominent individuals in Filipino politics. (Tape also contains the film Bontoc Eulogy) 60 min. Video/C 4393

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Super Flip
A Filipino American immigrant couple copes with the terror of life, love and labor in the United States through shopping and sex. A visual phantasmagoria of Filipino American history, the film is shot in San Francisco community poolhalls, malls and dancehalls. A film by Celine Salazar Parrenas. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 7370

Say I Do: Unveiling the Stories of Mail-order Brides
A documentary presenting three gripping personal stories of "mail-order brides" originally from the Philippines now living in Canada. Looks at the present-day "mail-order bride" industry combining advertisements, the internet and match making agencies to provide "traditional Filipino housewives." c2002. 56 min. Video/C 9761

An Untold Triumph: The Story of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, U.S. Army
During World War II, 7,000 Filipino Americans volunteered their services to the U.S. Army and helped liberate their homeland from Japanese occupation. Director Noel M. Izon captures their stories through the voices of the verterans themselves-- only half of whom are still alive today-- and delivers touching personal accounts of the men's contributions and sacrifices during the war. Director, Noel M. Izon. 2005. 56 min. DVD X3225

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Western Eyes
Examines the search for beauty and self-acceptance through the experiences of a young Filipina and Korean woman living in Canada who both believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect the way they are perceived. Both feel unsettled in Western society and are contemplating cosmetic surgery on their eyes. Layering interviews with references to super models and other pop-culture icons of beauty, the filmmaker captures the pain that almost always lies behind the desire for plastic surgery. Director, Ann Shin 1979. 40 min. DVD X3440; Video/C 7711

Description from Icarus Films catalog

White Christmas.
The filmaker expounds upon his cultural and religious experiences of Christmas while living in the Philippines as a boy and young adult. 24 min. Video/C 3237

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

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Chinese Americans
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