This article by Peiyu Lin was originally published on the Kitsap Sun on August 02, 2021
West Sound Film Festival has moved the screening from the SEEfilm Cinema to the Roxy which seats 500. Film is scheduled to start at 3:45.
An executive producer of a Bainbridge-made documentary, Gina Corpuz is also the daughter of an aboriginal woman who survived an Indian residential school in Canada.
Corpuz’s mother, Evelyn Williams, was taken to St. Paul’s Indian Residential School in North Vancouver at age 5.
In the early 1940s, Williams and other 35 indigenous women from 19 different tribes in Canada, Washington and Alaska migrated to Bainbridge Island.
They worked for Japanese American farmers to pick strawberries.
Some of the women fell in love and married Filipino immigrants who also worked at the strawberry farm. They raised over 150 children who now identify themselves as “Indipinos” on Bainbridge Island.
“Don’t question and make trouble. Just be quiet.” That’s what Corpuz’s father, Anacleto Corpuz, a Filipino, used to tell Corpuz when she asked him why people treated them badly.
Don’t protest, her father reminded her.
Now, at 69, Corpuz chose to speak out. She made a documentary to reveal the untold stories of the Indipinos with help from the Bainbridge Island community.
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