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Manilatown is in The Heart DVD

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Manilatown is in The Heart DVD

47 minutes (2008)

A one-man social service agency and poet, Al Robles is truly one of Asian America's hidden gems.

For 3 decades, he has been roaming Chinatown/Manilatown's single-room occupancy hotels, taking elderly veterans to their appointments and delivering lunch to shut-ins.

Al is the link to the disappearing manong generation, the
bachelor society that came from the Phillipines in the 1920s and '30s as workers. He records, interprets, and channels their stories.

Al's musical talent graces much of the action, but it is his
performance at poetry readings - and his ability to whisk the audience into altered states - that shine through brilliantly.

Produced, directed and edited by Curtis Choy

Cinematography/Videography by Emiko Omori & Curtis Choy

Sound by Myron Chan & Frances Nkara

Poetry by Al Robles, Lou Syquia, & Janice Mirikitani

Music by Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo & Kevin McLeod

DVD Extras include poetry readings, talk-story, and deleted scenes

This DVD is for private home use only. Institutions should buy institutional copies from www.chonkmoonhunter.com.