Al Robles honored in the Fillmore

Press Release For Immediate Release
March 3, 2010 Contact: Tony Robles
415-374-5344

Poet Al Robles Comes Home to FillmoreDocumentary on I-Hotel Activist and Filipino American poet Al Robles to be featured at The 28th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film FestivalSan Francisco- Community members and Supervisor Eric Mar will honor poet/activist and Fillmore District native Al Robles on March 14th 2009, at 1230pm in San Francisco’s Fillmore Plaza on Fillmore and O’Farrell Streets with music, poetry and remembrance. Al Robles is recognized as a son of the Fillmore and is memorialized with a plaque in the Fillmore Plaza. The life of Al Robles is featured in Filmmaker Curtis Choy’s film, “Manilatown is in the Heart—Time Travel with Al Robles”, a poetic documentary featured at the Asian American Film Festival Sundance Kabuki Cinema March 14th at 2pm and 15th at 7pm. The documentary is the second film project between Director Choy and Robles, the first being “The Fall of the I-Hotel” which featured Robles as the film narrator. The film follows Robles growing up with the jazz of his youth in the Fillmore with zen monks, jazz musicians and youngbloods, to his life as an activist and poet. Robles chronicled the lives of Filipino immigrants, weaving their histories into his poetic and community work, which included the fight against the eviction of elders from the International Hotel—a struggle that gave Manilatown worldwide attention. “Al Robles was the poet laureate – the heart & spirit – of the Manilatown & Filipino communities. San Francisco will never forget his tireless work supporting seniors and housing justice, fighting displacement & gentrification and nurturing youth in our communities”, said S.F. District Supervisor Eric Mar. Robles passed away in May of 2009 but left a legacy of activism and community involvement that has inspired elders and youth alike. In the words of hip hop poet Jeremy Bautista, “Much love and respect…From the Hip Hop Generation to Uncle Al, our hero!”

For more information on the Asian American Film Festival: http://festival.asianamericanmedia.org/. For information on Curtis Choy’s films: http://www.chonkmoonhunter.com. For information on Al Robles: http://www.manongalrobles.org

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