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The Celine Archive

Directed by Celine Parrenas Shimizu

Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey?

In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California.

This film digs up herstory.

The filmmaker, a grieving mother, with a long-term commitment to exploring race, gender and immigration, digs up Celine Navarro’s story, exposing silences that haunt Filipin@x American communities today, along with Celine Navarro’s family, community
members and scholars who know different details about this largely untold event in American history

A film scholar and filmmaker, Celine Shimizu is Professor and Director of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. Her work focuses on social theories of power and inequality at the site of race, sexuality and transnationalism. She has written three books, edited two anthologies and numerous peer-reviewed articles in the top journals in cinema, performance, ethnic, feminist, sexuality studies and transnational popular culture in Asia and Asian America. Her research has received funding from the Social Science Research Council, The United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney and the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Her films have won national festival awards and are distributed by Progressive Films and Third World Newsreel.

Dates & Times


AMC, Otay Ranch Town Center

Fri, Oct 14
1:30 pm