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Filipino Americans

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.

Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

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. 1996. 62 min. (Director's cut; revised edition, 2000) ; (earlier version of this video: . 1996. 64 min.)
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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.

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. ;
web web sites: 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.
web web sites: 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.
web web sites: 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.
web web sites: 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.

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.

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.
web web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description