Wed., Oct. 22, 7:30 pm, Suggested Donation
UW Ethnic Cultural Theater
On June 1, 1981, two Seattle Filipino American labor union activists, Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, were murdered at their cannery union hall just as the summer fishing season was about to begin. They and their colleagues had been active in reforming their corrupt union and were calling for better working conditions at the canneries. On the surface, their murders were meant to look like a gang-related slaying, but later were revealed to be a hit originating from Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos. One Generation’s Time details the murders, the fight for fair labor conditions, the civil rights movement the murdered men helped foster, and the ensuing efforts to seek justice for their killings. Thirty plus years later, this generation of activists continues to carry out Gene and Silme’s legacy to influence the labor movement today.
One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes is a telling and inspiring examination of two men who paid the ultimate price while fighting for a more democratic and just society, and the story of their friends, family and co-workers who worked tirelessly to right injustice. The film is narrated by Geo Quibuyen/Prometheus Brown from the Seattle hip-hop duo Blue Scholars and the supergroup The Bar. (Shannon Gee. 59 min. USA)