Thursday, November 09, 2006

Pinoy Pod 22

Lifting the Veil on War Brides' Struggles

Norma Vega Castillo, a newlywed still in her teens, was among the first war brides to leave the battle-torn Philippines after World War II.

Her husband was a Filipino American officer in the U.S. Army and she hoped their shared ethnicity would make it easier to adjust to her new life. But the reality was different than her dreams.

Her struggles as a newcomer and those of war brides are the subject of "Strange Land," a new documentary by her daughter, Hawaii-based filmmaker Stephanie Jean Castillo.

Castillo gave Pinoy Pod a sneak preview in time for Filipino American History Month and talked to Deputy Managing Editor Leslie Guevarra about the project. "Strange Land" makes its world premiere on October 25 at the Hawaii International Film Festival.



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