The ConversationDirected by Emilio J Virata, Jr.
- 8:00 mins
- San Diego premiere
In the 1960s and ‘70s, a young father made home movies on 8mm film. Fifty years later, this film is brought back to life in a conversation between Grandfather and Grandson, as the audience is treated to a small peek into the immigration narrative of this Pilipino American family.
Educator, activist, and organizer Emilio J. Virata, Jr. spent over 30 years pushing back against the restrictive structures of higher education administration. He served as Director of Asian Pacific Student Programs at Loyola Marymount University and UC Riverside, and completed his sojourn through higher education as Assistant Dean of Students. An American born Pinoy, he has wrestled with finding identity while straddling two cultures. In his retirement years he seeks ways to nurture creativity in his life. He writes. He plays music. He makes films. He lets his imagination run wild. He happily plays with his grandchildren, watching them run and laugh, and have a great ol’ time.
He shares his stories, that they might inspire some joy, or challenge some thinking, or that they might simply provide a momentary distraction from life’s daily routines.