In 1932, Celine Navarro, a young Filipina American, was buried alive and murdered by other Filipinos just outside of Stockton, California. The murder of Navarro caught national media attention, sensationalizing the crime and painting Filipinos as savage members of primitive cults. Though mostly forgotten now, this horrific incident reverberated through the Filipino American community during the 1930s.
You can check out the film, THE CELINE ARCHIVE, at its world premiere in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Buy tickets here: https://laapff2020.eventive.org/passes/buy. You can also check out the film as part of CAAMFest later this month.
Finally, check out TFAL co-host Elaine Dolalas as she moderates an online panel to further discuss THE CELINE ARCHIVE with Celine Parreñas Shimizu as well as members of Celine Navarro’s relatives. The panel happens on Friday, October 2, 2:00pm PST. Link here: https://festival.vcmedia.org/2020/special_events/c3-the-celine-archive/.