1978 - Manong

Directed by Linda Mabalot, MANONG (1978) was one of the first VC productions produced using industrial video technology, and signaled a transition from celluloid-based film production for the organization. The manong were the first wave of Filipinos who came to the United States to find work. MANONG dramatically portrays their lives as captured in the writings of Carlos Bulosan, unveiling the manongs‘ contribution to America’s agricultural and service industries and the struggle to build a Filipino community. MANONG tells the stories of their decades in the farmland and canneries on the West Coast and the effects of the bachelor society that lingers today.