Documentary about Chamorros released on DVD, Blu-ray December 16 2015
A documentary that chronicles the history of the Chamorro people is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
The film, “I Am Chamorro,” was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Guam on Wednesday at the Agana Shopping Center and is now available at all Pay-Less stores. DVDs are $20 and Blu-ray discs are $30.
“This documentary could be unique in that it is a summary, a historical review of the entire Chamorro people,” Pale’ Eric Forbes said at a press conference Wednesday.
Pale’ is the Chamorro word for priest. Forbes, a Catholic priest, is featured in the film and has done years of research on Chamorro history and culture.
The 100-minute documentary showcases the Chamorro people and their culture over the past 4,000 years. The film is focused on the Chamorro people as a whole, wherever they may be, Forbes said.
The documentary took about three years to make, including fundraising and production, he said.
A screening of the documentary was held in San Diego and Los Angeles with about 200 Chamorros in attendance. The movie was received well, Forbes said, and he expects the same in Guam. It also will be screened in the Mariana Islands.
Forbes said many manamko’ have watched the film and learned something new.
“That’s a great affirmation of the value of this documentary,” he said.
The documentary started when Forbes went out to the mainland for workshops with the Chamorros that live there. He said we are living in an era of Chamorro pride and the documentary helps give reasons to be proud.
The film’s executive producer, Joanne Tabor-Modic, said Chamorros in the mainland wanted something to help them know more about the culture. The documentary is a grass roots effort supported by Chamorros who wanted this kind of information.
“This is a gift for every generation,” she said.
Tabor-Modic thanked Forbes for his 33 years of research, which went into the documentary.
Forbes tried to include as much Chamorro as he could in the documentary so the movie could be a bilingual film.
Some of the interesting things in the documentary include: How Chamorros intermarried Mexican and Spanish soldiers, and how Chamorros got their last names, like Chargualaf and Tedtaotao.
Guam’s Legislature is a main sponsor of the film, along with the Bank of Guam.
Sen. Tina Muña Barnes, D-Mangilao, said the Legislature believed in the project and gave money from the Tourist Attraction Fund to help.
The documentary also was funded in a very Chamorro way, Forbes said.
Chamorros would hear that Forbes was working on a project about the culture and would give money for it. In addition, funding for the film came through T-shirt sales, Tabor-Modic said.
The DVD will be given to all private and public schools as a resource for the classroom, Forbes said.
DVDs are available online along with other “I Am Chamorro” merchandise atwww.iamchamorro.com.