You’re Invited To Watch award winning film “Left By The Ship” in Chicago & NY

"Left By The Ship" award-winning film about Filipino Amerasians, America's Forgotten Children

Left By The Ship” the touching documentary that finally gives a voice to Filipino Amerasians, America’s Forgotten Children

You are invited to watch the award-winning documentary, “Left By The Ship” by Italian filmmakers Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati.  The Bayanihan Foundation is helping promote the film both in Chicago and in New York. The foundation’s Organizing Director, Myrla Baldonado, will be answering questions after the film showing in Chicago.

Left by the Ship follows the lives of four Filipino Amerasians as they struggle with prejudice, family problems and identity related issues, trying to overcome a past they are in no way responsible for. It tells the story of Robert, JR, Charlene and Margarita who are Amerasians: the sons and daughters of Filipina women (often though not always impoverished prostitutes) and American military service personnel stationed at the former US military bases in the Philippines.

In 1992, when the military bases closed, thousands of Amerasian children were left behind. Unlike Amerasian children from other countries (like Vietnam, Korea, Thailand or Laos)  Filipino Amerasians were never recognized by the US government.  Why? There is no official explanation, but many say that it is because the Philippines was not a war zone and Filipino Amerasians are better off then their Vietnamese, Korean or Thai counterparts.

However, Filipino Amerasians continue to suffer tremendous racial discrimination and persecution, especially the sons and daughters of African-American descent.  Many live in poverty; they’re America’s forgotten children.  Many of these children suffer the accident of their birth. The Bayanihan Foundation has supported increasing the capacity building and leadership development of Filipino Amerasians including supporting the creation of the United Philippine Amerasians, a group created, organized and led by Filipino Amerasians.


Chicago Filipino Film Festival 

Sunday, November 6, 2:00 PM at The Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL

Buy your movie tickets online HERE

Manhattan International Film Festival

Saturday, November 12 9:25 PM at Quad Cinemas 34 W 13th, NY, NY 10011

Buy your movie tickets online HERE

* Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Film, Guam Film Festival 2011

*Winner Cinema Doc Prize, Festival dei Popoli 2010

*Winner Best Subject Matter, Cinema.Doc circuit 2010
Official Selection, in competition, Visioni Doc 2011
Close up section, Bergamo film meeting 2011
Official Selection, In competition, Riverside International Film Festival 2011
*Best Social Justice Film, Disorient Asian American Film festival 2011
*Silver Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival
*Certificate of Excellence, Sky Fest 2011
*Best Cinematography in Documentary, Love Unlimited Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, In Competition Little Rock film festival 2011
Official Selection, In Competition, Hoboken Film Festival 2011
*First Prize “Per Mare” Sole e Luna Film Festival Palermo, Italy 2011
*Silver Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, In competition, the Film Festival of Colorado
Official Selection, Artivist film Festival 2011
Nomination, Best Documentary, I’ve Seen Films Festival 2011
Nomination, Best Documentary , Kansas International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, DocUtah 2011
Official Selection, Cinema Italien Annency 2011
Official Selection, San Francisco Doc Fest
Official Selection, San Diego Asian American Film Festival

Mark your calendar!  In May 2012, “Left By The Ship” will be airing at your local TV Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) “INDEPENDENT LENS” program in the US.

Read the Filmmakers’ interviews HERE 

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President of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide
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