Triumph a Smithsonian Hit
report from Washington D.C.
Stephanie Castillo helped produce An Untold Triumph, a film about World
War II regiments known as "The Fil." Following is her account of the
film's Washington, D.C., premiere.
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people squeezed into the Smithsonian
Institutions showing of the award-winning documentaryAn Untold Triumph
Jan. 30, 2003, while another 100-plus were turned away due to fire marshall
restrictions. The 85-minute film tells the story of the U.S. Armys
1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments used by General Douglas MacArthur in
recapturing the Philippines from Japanese invaders. Narrated by actor Lou Diamond
Phillips, the documentary is built around first-person accounts and is sprinkled
with humor and poignancy. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at
the Hawaii International Film Festival in November 2002.
At the Smithsonian, the filmmakersdirector Noel Izon, of Washington, D.C.,
and associate producers Stephanie Castillo
(lead writer) and Domingo Los Banos (regiment veteran and project advisor) of
Honolulu, and Linda Revilla (humanities scholar) of Sacramento, Calif.participated
in a question-and-answer period following the screening They were introduced
by former UH faculty member Franklin Odo,
of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Program.
The audience included an eclectic mix, including Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, the
second highest-ranking U.S. Army Filipino American general and director of Army
staff; 12 U.S. Naval Academy cadets from the institution's Filipino Club; a
group of group of Filipino Americans who traveled from Annapolis, Md.; and WWII
The event was
sponsored by the American Association of University Women, whose educational
foundation supported lead writer Castillo with grants and a fellowship while
she completed her bachelors degree and MBA at UH Manoa.
of the film include:
· University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif. - February 22
· The San Francisco International Film Festival - March 10, 15 (San Jose)
· New York University, New York City - March 29
· University of Hawaii, Pamantasan (Filipino American Educators
Statewide Conference), public forum and showing - April 4
· Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival - 1st week of May
Additional shows are pending from Washington to Florida.
What a triumphant
evening for the UNTOLD TRIUMPH Team
and a superb film! It is a compelling
. Compassionate piece of work; informative
full of human drama
and emotion. How proud you can all be.
From the fires person oral histories
to the haunting scenes of war, captured
in archival footage
to the powerful, punctuating strains of the original
and authenticating actualities, this is an original work of rich
texture and enduring themes. How ironically it resonates against the current
backdrop of world events; as once again the clouds of war are aswirl on the
- David W. Frederickson, Small Business Administration
was a humbling experience for me. It is a long overdue tribute to our Filipino
veterans. Bless your heart and all those people who made it possible.
- Big. Gen. Delfin N. Lorenzana AFP, Defense and Armed Forces Attache, Embassy
of the Philippines, Washington DC
To be with you for the unveiling of your personal masterpiece was a thrill!
We were very moved by the Philippine Saga thanks to you factual and sensitive
portrayal. Our most enthusiastic applause for a grand achivement.
- Randall and Mara, Coolfont Resort, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
I was so thoroughly impressed with the film. I can't remember the last time
I enjoyed a documentary so much - I laughed and cried at the same time! Definitely
one of the BEST I have every seen!
Carly Ikuma, Smithsonian Institution
For more about filmmaker Stephanie Castillo, see the alumni profile in the January
Contact Stephanie Castillo or fellow
filmmakers: Noel Izon , Domingo
Los Banos or Linda Revilla