Marissa Aroy’s “Delano Manongs” gets a sold-out screening at CAAMFest2014 in San Francsico Sunday night. Just saw a preview of the documentary and it fills in the blanks in the Filipino-less, UFW/Cesar Chavez story.
It clearly shows how the Filipinos and the Mexican workers forged a union to fight for fairness.
Aroy’s documentary (which will be making the festival circuit and shown on PBS station KVIE-Sacramento) is in stark contrast to the new narrative feature film on Cesar Chavez opening up in your nearest 12-plex. But the multi-million dollar feature film very conveniently streamlines the UFW saga to make it seem like Chavez did it all.
Oh, a Filipino actor is seen, but it’s almost like an extra.
Accuracy is not a strong point.
In one historical scene, the feature film leaves out Filipino labor leader Larry Itliong entirely.
I asked Arroy if the filmmakers should have made Larry a more prominent part in the new commercial picture opening next week.
“It was a conscious omission,” said Arroy in a phone interview just. “And I……(long pause) ….I think it’s unfortunate not to have Larry there at the table.”
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