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AsiaLENS: A is for Agustin/Grace Pimentel Simbulan (In-person screening+conversation with filmmaker)

Event Type
Film Screening
Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures
Mar 8, 2022   7:00 - 9:00 pm  
Grace Pimentel Simbulan
Jason Finkelman
Originating Calendar
CEAPS Events Calendar

A is for AgustinA film by Grace Pimentel Simbulan. 2019. 74 minutes.In-person screening and conversation with filmmaker Grace Pimentel Simbulan.Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 7pmSPURLOCK MUSEUM600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, ILAdmission FreeFACE MASKS REQUIRED TO BE WORNLiving in a remote corner of the Philippine islands, Agustin is a tribesman who loves to sing, but never had the opportunity to learn to read or write. When his boss cheats him out of his wages seemingly for the thousandth time, 40-year old Agustin decides to enroll in grade 1. Over the next six years, however, Agustin becomes increasingly torn between two realities – the children’s world in school, and the increasing challenges of the world outside. This film invites audiences to hope and dream with Agustin, and to understand the harsh reality that makes his optimism and the optimism of many Indigenous peoples ultimately so fragile.

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