Unsung heroes featured in Filipino films
Though the face of the United Farm Workers was typically CÃ©sar ChÃ¡vez, it was the Filipino Americans who initiated the Delano grape strike in 1965 that led to ChÃ¡vez’s prominence in a social movement and labor unrest.
And that’s why film director Marissa Aroy pursued “Delano Manongs” a documentary on the U.S. Army’s 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments.
“Filipinos are often called ‘The Forgotten Asians,’ for many reasons, but in terms of the farm labor movement, I would say there were a few distinct reasons you don’t know about the Filipino contributions,” Aroy said.
“Non-Filipinos need to see that we have made contributions to the social fabric of our society,” she said. “That there is a recognizable and large population of Filipinos in the U.S. and we are a social and political force to be recognized.”