(USAW) Fil-Am Poet Al Robles Comes Home to San Francisco’s Fillmore

28th Annual SF Int’l Asian Film Features Al Robles

SAN FRANCISCO – (U.S. ASIAN WIRE) – Community members and Supervisor Eric Mar will honor poet/activist and Fillmore District native Al Robles on March 14th 2010, at 12:30 pm 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 2 pm and 15th at 7 pm. 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 and Filipino communities. San Francisco will never forget his tireless work supporting seniors and housing justice, fighting displacement and gentrification and nurturing youth in our communities,” said San Francisco 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: www.chonkmoonhunter.com. For information on Al Robles: www.manongalrobles.org

Tony Robles