HAAPI FEST to host Filipino Film Festival across from Filipino Street Festival October 14, 2017

Join us in a journey through Filipino American History and Culture.
Stop by after enjoying the Filipino Street Festival across the street from Levy Park
Follow the Balloons LOCATION:  FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON, 2828 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098
October is Filipino American History Month.

Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival is proud to partner with the Filipino American National Historical Society and UNIPRO as part of the FYP Filipino Street Fest for the Filipino American Film Festival.

Spend an afternoon to learn about the untold stories of Filipino American history that are not found in current history books.  Learn about the California Grape Strike, the contributions of the Philippine Scouts, and Filipino DJs.. Also featuring other films created by up and coming Filipino directors.

Filipino Americans Discovering Their Past for Their Future
Showtime 12 noon-1pm
This fascinating documentary explores hidden pages in American history and delves into the 400-year-old chronicle of one of the largest ethnic groups in the United States. Interviews with historians, readings from historical letters and transcriptions, combined with more than 300 archival photos reveal Filipino Americans in Hawai’ian plantations, California migrant farms, Alaskan fish canneries and Louisiana shrimp fishing. FILIPINO AMERICANS… documents their involvement during World War II and their contributions to the advancement of labor organizations. Family units and strong social bonds helped them survive while dealing with discrimination and hard economic times. This video illustrates how Filipino American history has contributed to the American way of life and is an essential component of United States history.Documentary | 1994 | 54 mins | VHS
Director: John Wehman
Producers: JF Wehman & Associates/Moon Rae Production , National Video Profiles, Inc., for the Filipino Am National Historical Society (FANHS)
An Open Door Trailer and Forgotten Soldiers
Showtime 1pm-3pm
Open Door
An Open Door is a feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how a small Asian nation was able to save over 1,300 Jews as they fled the pogroms of Nazi Germany. It is written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Noel M. Izon and co-produced by author Sharon Delmendo. This is the third film in his World War II trilogy Forgotten Stories.This unique film will explore the rare confluence of the Pacific and European theaters. It juxtaposes momentous events in history such as the passage of the Nuremberg Laws and the inauguration of the Philippines as a Commonwealth of the United States.An Open Door is the story of a deep friendship borne of common adversity and intense love for freedom. Together, Filipinos and Jews struggled, endured and ultimately prevailed.Documentary | 2011 | 35mins |
Director: Noel M. Izon
Forgotten Soldiers
Showtime 1pm-3pmForgotten SoldiersWhen the Japanese launched their Pacific attack, General Douglas MacArthur’s United States Army Forces in the Far East included ten divisions of newly recruited and poorly equipped Philippine Army soldiers, and one U.S. Army infantry division with supporting units–the Philippine Scouts. “Forgotten Soldiers” follows the U.S. Army’s Philippine Scouts as they protect the fledgling Philippine Army during their retreat from Lingayen Gulf to Bataan, and the movie then relives their heroic stands on Bataan and Corregidor. Bataan, then Corregidor, were the U.S. Army’s first two battles of World War II and the last Allied strongholds to hold out against the Japanese in the Pacific. These prolonged actions bought the U.S. time to reorganize its Pacific defenses and rebuild the U.S. Navy fleet the Japanese had destroyed at Pearl Harbor. Eventually, a Japanese naval blockade starved out the soldiers on Bataan and Corregidor, and the men on Bataan were subjected to one of the worst atrocities in modern history–the Bataan Death March. Even after the horrors of the Japanese prison camps, Philippine Scout survivors continued their resistance and prepared to participate as U.S. Army soldiers in the invasion of Japan. Scouts who survived World War II went on to serve in the U.S. Army in Korea and in Viet Nam. Philippine Scout veterans who fought on Bataan and suffered through the Bataan Death March tell their personal stories on-screen and describe the action and events over photographs, reenactments and actual footage of the battles, much of it captured from the Japanese at the end of the war. Of the original 12,000 Philippine Scouts only 118 survive today (6,000 died during World War II). They were the United States Army’s Philippine Scouts, America’s FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS.Documentary | 18 January 2012 (USA) |1h 27min
Director:  Donald Plata
Writer:  Chris Schaefer
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Bill Neveker, Eulalio Arzaga
Delano Manongs
Showtime 3:20 pm-4pmETKS3690202The Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role. Filipino labor organizer, Larry Itliong, a cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos and other ethnic workers that would go on for years. Biography/Educational film | 2014 |30 min
Director:  Marissa Arroy
Producer:  Niall McKay
Flip the Record
Showtime 4pm-4:30pmFliptheRecordIn this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism.Short, Drama, Family | April 2017 (USA) | 15min
Director: Marie Jamora
Writer: Marie Jamora
Stars: Courtney Bandeko, Michael Rosete, Jon Viktor Corpuz | See full cast & crew
Showtime 4pm-4:30pmBiCulturalTorn between the ‘perfect’ daughter that her strict traditional family believes her to be and the open-minded free spirit that she is, a second-generation Filipino-American must make a move to declare her identity.Short, Drama, Family | TV Short 3 June 2017 | 15min
Director: Rachel Leyco
Writer: Rachel Leyco
Stars: Christopher Aguilar, Angela T. Baesa, Jaime Barcelon | See full cast & crew
The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) has been observing October as Filipino American History Month for the past 21 years, since 1991. The month was established to commemorate the first documented landing of Filipinos in what is now known as the continental United States over 425 years ago. The FANHS Houston Chapter was established April 1, 2015. It is the 32nd chapter out of 34 in the United States.

Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UniPro) educates, empowers, and connects the Pilipino American community by providing a platform for dialogue and growth. UNIPRO unites Pilipino Americans through collaborative action, leadership development, and advocacy.

The United States Congress passed subsequent Resolutions to Recognize October as Filipino American History Month nationally in 2009, 2010, and in 2011.


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