Filipino film festival at UH Hilo

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Date: Thursday, October 26, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

November is Filipino Cultural Awareness Month, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo is celebrating the Filipino centennial in Hawai`i with a film festival featuring Filipino people, culture, history and issues. Most of the films will be shown from November 1 to December 1 in UCB starting at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The festival opens on November 1 with television personality Emme Tomimbang and writer Pepi Nieva showing their video documentary Mabuhay with Aloha—The Hawai`i Filipino Experience 1906-2006.

Imelda, a documentary about the infamous Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, will be shown on November 2.

On November. 9, Judy Patacsil, a counselor at Miramar College in San Diego, will present Silent Sacrifices: Voices of the Filipino American Family, a film depicting Filipino parents and first-generation Filipino-Americans and their struggles. In addition, Domingo Los Banos, associate producer and project advisor, has also been invited to speak at the showing of An Untold Triumph, an award-winning documentary about Filipino veterans who served in the U.S. Army’s lst and 2nd Infantry during World War II.

Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance, a documentary on the Filipino migration to America, will be shown November 16 with The Debut, a film that examines intergenerational differences.

Fated to be Queer, a film dealing with gay and lesbian Asians, including Filipinos, plus American Adobo, will be shown November 30. American Adobo is a comedy about five Filipino-American friends in New York City who share laughs, secrets, recipes and lovers. This double feature will be shown in Campus Center 301.

The festival wraps up on December 1 with Dan Moreno presenting his film, The Gift of the Barong, A Journey from Within. This is a contemporary cultural documentary about two Filipino-Americans who visit the Philippines and discover the Filipino heritage they had previously denied. This film won an award for best cinematography at the New York International Film Festival, and also was selected for the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

The film festival is partially funded through a Diversity Equity Initiative grant from the UH Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity and is co-sponsored by the UH Hilo Minority Access and Achievement Program, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Student Activities Council, UH Hilo Residence Life, PRIDE, Bayanihan Club, Hilo Visayan Club, Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Big Island Ilokano Club of Hawai`i Grande, and Mabuhay Club of Hilo.

For additional information, contact the Minority Access and Achievement Office at 974-7451.

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