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Manilatown is in the Heart: Time Travel With Al Robles


蔡觀偉 Curtis Choy |  2008 | 美國 US | 彩色 Colour | 58 min

★ 2010 舊金山國際亞美電影節 CAAMFest

★ 2013 西雅圖亞美電影節 SAAFF

△ 放映場次 Schedule

▎10.07 WED. 14:40  ▎10.10 SAT. 10:00  ▎



美國詩人艾爾.柔柏雷思 (Al Robles) 難以捉摸卻又深受身邊的人所愛戴。四十年來,他獨自一人以行動守護著日漸凋零的「瑪儂世代」(manong)——自1920年代起遷徙至美國成為勞工和軍人,如今年邁的菲律賓老兄弟們。影片追隨艾爾的腳步,聆聽老兄弟們的故事,在跳躍的時光與詩句中閱讀詩人禪意又奔放的生命,以及美國亞裔移民心中的歸屬之地。


San Francisco poet Al Robles was a jazzy zen trickster who was both unknowable and beloved by people in his orbit. For 40 years, he acted as a one-man social service agency and was a rare link to the disappearing "manong generation," the bachelor society that came to the US from the Philippines in the 1920s and 30s as laborers. The film shows the fall and rise of San Francisco's Manilatown, as Robles channels the manongs' stories and opens a portal into the soul of Asian America.

導演 Director | 蔡觀偉 Curtis Choy

美國資深混音師,曾參與電影《喜福會》 的聲音製作,同時為獨立紀錄片導演,數十年來關注亞裔美國人歷史,作品題材包括探討舊金山中國城美籍華裔社會與經濟狀況的散文電影《都板街》(Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue)以及紀錄美國亞裔劇場運動先驅者趙建秀 (Frank Chin) 的《法蘭克是怎麼回事?》(What’s Wrong with Frank Chin)。《詩人的抗爭現場》追隨菲裔詩人艾爾·柔柏雷思 (Al Robles) 的腳步,詳盡呈現舊金山低收入亞裔族群定居的國際旅店遭暴力迫遷之過程,珍貴的歷史畫面,後來成為亞裔美國人研究的必備資料,及居住正義課題的重要案例。

Curtis Choy is an independent producer and veteran film industry worker who has contributed to numerous independent and PBS documentaries, commercials and feature films as a production sound mixer. His sound recording work can be heard on "The Joy Luck Club", "Better Luck Tomorrow", and Academy Award winner "Breathing Lessons". As director, Choy has explored Asian-American issues in "Dupont Guy: The Schiz of Grant Avenue" (1976), "The Fall of The I-Hotel" (1983)  and "What's Wrong With Frank Chin?"(2005). 




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