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NOMINATED BEST DOCUMENTARY AND BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR - GI Film Festival San Diego | FELLOWSHIP - Better Angels Lavine Fellow 2022Filipino Americans • AANHPI & AAPI • Social Justice • Veterans Studies • Women's Studies • History • WWII • Imperialism • Racism • Human Rights
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 82 & 60 minutes | Language: English with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Discussion Guide (available upon purchase) | Director: T.S. Botkin | Producers: T.S Botkin, Amanda Upson, & Benito Bautista | Composer: Michael Dadap | Illustrator: Nonie Cruzado
Winding through a seldom told history of the Philippines and United States, Celestino Almeda, Rudy Panaglima, and Feliciana Reyes find themselves inducted into U.S. Armed Forces during WWII. After their service, Congress declared them, and hundreds of thousands more, to be “not on active duty.” These veterans were denied backpay, denied GI benefits, and denied promised citizenship. Today, Celestino, Rudy and Feliciana's continued fight represents the tens of thousands of elderly Filipino veterans who remain unacknowledged despite their evidence of service. As judicial solutions hit a brick wall and all eyes turn to Congress, A LONG MARCH asks the hard questions: will America stand up for the values it claims, and will these veterans get the recognition they deserve before they are all dead?
Westminster College | Eleonor G. Castillo, PhD, Asst Professor, Westminster College
“As a longtime educator, both in PreK-12 and higher education, I critically reflect upon the histories and lived experiences that have been readily excluded from such disciplines as social studies and U.S. history in the American school system. The documentary, A Long March, provides a way to foster critical thinking and dialogue within a classroom setting that addresses U.S. history often untold, as the film brings forth the story of Filipinos who fought and died for the United States during World War II. Additionally, A Long March raises our consciousness of the unkept promises made to Filipino-U.S. soldiers by the U.S. government. Thus, incorporating the documentary as a curriculum piece would enhance teaching and learning in U.S. history, Asian American studies, ethnic studies, and justice studies courses.”
Los Angels Asian Pacific Film Festival
“In an honest and heartfelt directorial debut, TS Botkin follows Filipino American veterans as they emotionally trace their paths from war to erasure by the U.S. Government.”
Better Angels Society | Ken Burns
"We live in a turbulent time," said Ken Burns. "There's never been a better moment to lift up and reflect diverse stories from history to provide a greater perspective on what we're experiencing now. Documentary filmmakers help us understand our common history, see one another, and celebrate what makes us similar and different. I am very grateful to Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine and The Better Angels Society for providing a pathway to bring filmmakers from all backgrounds to the table and recognizing that diverse perspectives are integral to telling the breadth of our country’s history.”
Better Angels Society | Jeannie Lavine
“There’s a great hunger for understanding the past right now, and we need compelling history stories that are grounded in research. The documentaries selected through this fellowship allow us to engage with the past in a way that is gripping and enlightening. They also spark conversations that are critical to how we understand the present. This fellowship opens up resources and brings a community of expert filmmakers to those promising filmmakers who apply for the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.”
Asian Avenues Magazine
"Uncovering historical relics in a basement led to the long awaited documentary called A Long March."
"They want respect. They want to be recognized as having served. So, the Rescission of 1946, when repealed, will right the wrong that was done," said Joe Garbonzos.
San Diego Tribune
“I feel personally that we have an obligation to our ancestry to heal the wounds of the past,” Botkin said, “by recognizing what we’ve done and making restitution where we can.”
ShoPowSho Podcast | Patrick Strange/aka Kuya P
Check out the conversation with A Long March, Kuya P, and Viva Valentina as they speak with T.S. Botkin about the lost history of Filipino American veterans.
Greatest Memories Podcast | Ben Sandifer
A Long March film and its mission of restoring benefits to Filipino-American veterans.
Fellowship | Better Angels Lavine Fellow 2022
Nominated Best Documentary and Best First Time Director | GI Film Festival San Diego
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival