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Journey of a Filipino Adoptee films (Screening & Fundraiser)

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Philippine American Community Center of Michigan

17356 Northland Park Ct

Southfield, MI

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Journey of a Filipino Adoptee film series is a fundraiser and will showcase the following two films:

"Binitay: Journey of a Filipino Adoptee" (2014)(74min), and it's sequel documentary project in the making, "Once Upon An Ochia" (17min).

We are fundraising for the film crew, production, and we also would your additional criticism and feedback on "Once Upon An Ochia" to help aid in development.
$15 suggested donation
3:00PM Once Upon An Ochia (17min)
3:20PM Questions and Criticism
4:00PM Binitay: Journey of a Filipino Adoptee (74min)

10% of the proceeds will go towards Paaralang Pilipino, our cultural school at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan.



Once Upon An Ochia


Producer: James Beni Wilson (documentary subject)
DP: Christian Candelaria
Sound Recordist: Alejo Barbaza
Editor: Margo Montelibano

The aftermath of the biological family reunion - where does an adoptee go from here? How does one balance two families? These are some of the questions that James Beni Wilson will attempt to answer in his next film project, Once Upon An Ochia.

There are not many documentaries that highlight the ongoing relationship of an adoptee after reuniting with their biological family. James will be will be mapping out a collective narrative focusing on the inter-cultural interactions between him and his families. It will also include genealogy work of putting together a family tree and capturing the living oral history. This film is dedicated to adoptees, specifically trans-racial or trans-national adoptees, who are finding their way building and balancing new and old relationships, how it may impact one's identity; to bring you a glimpse of what it may be like after post-reunion of an adoptee "finding their roots."



Binitay: Journey of a Filipino Adoptee (2014)(74 min.)

http://binitay-documentary.com

"My first film project, Binitay: Journey of a Filipino Adoptee, captured my childhood growing up as an adopted Filipino, my search for my heritage and Filipino cultural roots, and how I eventually embarked on a search for my birth family."

The film has been screened and made an impact at many institutions including the following:

  • Harvard University (2014)
    Chrisine Yano, Asian American studies

  • Michigan State University (2016)
    Terese Monberg; Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), Asian Pacific American Studies Program (APAS)
    Senior Seminar: The Art(s) of Counter-Memory; Short introduction & Screening of Binitay

    Estrella Torrez: RCAH 390: Language and Culture class re: relearning language you were displaced from (Tagalog and Cebuano)

  • University of Michigan (2016)
    Emily Lawsin, American Culture Department
    American Culture 353: Asians in American Film and Television Course

  • Schoolcraft Community College (2015)
    South East Asia Focus, International Institute
    Steven L. Berg, PhD
    Associate Professor of English and History

    Helen Ditouras
    Schoolcraft College International Institute
    Focus Series Coordinator

  • Minnesota Transracial Film Festival (2014)

  • Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (2014)

  • Filipino Heritage Camp (2014)
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