Admission: $5.00 USD
Screening 1: Friday, April 29, 2016 | Time: 6:40PM
Screening 2: Saturday, April 30, 2016 | Time: 6:30PM
Venue: University Of Guam Lecture Hall | (Filmmaker discussion and Q&A immediately following the screening)
Documentary | Guam | 24 min. | WORLD PREMIERE
Synopsis: “American Soil, Chamorro Soul” reveals what modern Chamorro culture means on Guam as three generations demonstrate the cultural Renaissance in dancing, medicine, and traditional canoe building.
The people, culture, and beauty of Guam have gone largely undocumented, especially to the English market. As a U.S. territory, Guam struggles to be both American and to retain Chamorro cultural values. Our lens takes an unflinching look at both the raw beauty of Guam and the struggles of its inhabitants to preserve their cultural identity from WWII to the present. Shot in an original cinematic style, this arresting film stands alone in the culture documentary genre.
Official Website: www.chamorromovie.com
Jessica Peterson, Producer/Director
Jessica is the creator of popular travel websites, The Guam Guide and Global Girl Travels. She has been a resident of Guam since 2009 and is a local photographer, social media expert, and travel writer. Her travel stories and photographs have appeared in National Geographic Snorkeler, Lonely Planet, and United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine. Jessica is the community awareness specialist for Farm to Table Guam, a non-profit dedicated to expanding Guam’s agriculture industry and supporting local farmers and producers.
Brandon Li, Cinematographer
Brandon Li, cinematographer and editor, is originally from the U.S.A. and now a world nomad. Brandon has previously worked as a producer on MTV’s docu-reality show True Life. He now shoots commercials and short films about the world as he sees it. Brandon regularly produces commercial films for BMW, Nike, and Etihad Airways. View Brandon’s portfolio at Unscripted.com.
Justin Baldovino, Cinematographer
Justin is a Guam-based rising talent. Justin started making films in high school with creative partner Niel Romero. They formed Project Inspire, a production company with clients such as Atkins Kroll and Docomo Pacific.
CAST: Ron Acfalle
Ron Acfalle is a Chamorro canoe builder dedicated to the art of seafaring. Together with his sons, Tano and Hurao, Ron has rallied a community around his dream of building traditional canoes and sailing them off the coast of Guam and beyond.
CAST: Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua
Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua, PhD is passionate about reviving the Chamorro language on Guam. He is the Assistant Professor of Chamorro Studies and the Program Coordinator for the Chamorro Studies Program at the University of Guam. Michael is a father, filmmaker, and Manga comic lover who gives the film a disarming and modern look at culture, history, and colonialism.
CAST: Jermain Mendiola
Jermain Mendiola is a member of both the dance troupe and canoe building crew in our film. He is a Reserves volunteer, husband, and father with a passion for understanding his cultural heritage.
CAST: Audrey Meno
Audrey Meno is a recent high school graduate with an interest in traditional herbal medicine. Producer & director, Jessica Peterson, invited Audrey to participate in the film after she read an impassioned email Audrey wrote about pursuing herbal medicine despite a lack of support among some of her family members and peers. Jessica introduced Audrey to suruhanu (healer) and farmer, Bernice Nelson.
CAST: Bernice Nelson
Bernice Nelson is a Guam herbalist and traditional healer with a thriving commercial farm. Bernice is originally from the neighboring island of Saipan and has an extensive knowledge about herbal medicine. Bernice enjoys mentoring young people and actively trains Americorps participants on her farm.
CAST: Frank Rabon
Frank Rabon is a pioneer of cultural dance on Guam. He is considered a Master of Chamorro dance. Frank’s work since the 1970’s has resulted in the proliferation of gumas, or houses of dance, across the island. He is passionate about Chamorro culture being accurately depicted in the tourism industry and a strong proponent of using the Chamorro language in every day life.