CAAM is excited and honored to close this year’s festival with a special presentation of DELANO MANONGS, an insightful documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Marissa Aroy.
The film chronicles the untold story of the Filipino farmworkers who instigated one of the biggest labor struggles in American history — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. Led by Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco, the Manongs (a Filipino term of respect for an older man) joined forces with Chicano farmworkers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, to create the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). The documentary, compounded by interviews and both archival and present-day footage, sheds light on the lives of these Filipino farmworkers from their arrival into the United States in the 1920s and ’30s to the demise of their assemblage in the 1980s, highlighting their many struggles and achievements.
The legacy created by the Manongs — out of a necessity and want for basic equality and humanity — is one still significant to and celebrated by thousands of Filipino Americans today.
Producer: Marissa Aroy, Niall McKay
Cast: Andy Imutan, Larry Itliong, Pete Velasco