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long distance stories: a night of fil am history & storytelling

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visual communications and long distance podcast are proud to present linda mabalot’s 1978 documentary film manong on october 25, larry itliong day, during filipino american history month. mabalot’s narration, combined with archival images, animated sequences, and poignant interviews with old members of the manong generation offer deep insight into the lives of some of the first filipinos in america.

the screening will be followed by an excerpt from an episode of long distance, a new independent narrative podcast about life in the filipino diaspora. there will be a pre-reception and post-screening discussion with guests and audience members about the past and present of filipino american storytelling through nonfiction forms like documentaries, podcasts, photography, literature, and more.

rsvp on facebook event page strongly encouraged.

event hosted and moderated by paola mardo (audio producer & host/creator of long distance). for more info about long distance: listen to the trailer and subscribe for free:


program line-up:

6:30pm pre-reception
7:30pm screening of manong
8:15pm presentation of long distance excerpt
8:25pm discussion with special guests
9:00pm mix and mingle

discussion guests:

dr. anthony c. ocampo (sociologist & author, “the latinos of asia: how filipino americans break the rules of race”)
abraham ferrer (archives & distribution manager, visual communications)
rozette rago (freelance photographer & associate photo editor, wirecutter at the new york times)
this filipino american life


visual communications is located in the basement of the union center for the arts building. entrance is through the red door on the south side of the building.


metered street parking and other pay lots in the area. best place to park would be the aiso parking garage across the street. $3 flat after 5pm.

Earlier Event: October 25
jaws’ tiny couch performances
Later Event: October 26
jaws film screening