got book? Auntie Helen's Gift of Books

8 minutes / Color / Documentary Short / English

2005 UCLA - Ethnocommunications

(United States, 2005) Dir.: Florante Peter Ibanez, MLIS, MA


GOT BOOK? profiles Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown, founder of the Filipino American Library. Auntie Helen, as she is widely known in the Filipino Community is interviewed by one of her sons, George Brown, tracing her upbringing in the Philippines as a mestiza (half Filipino and half Caucasian American). Reputedly the first Filipina to attend UCLA and graduate with her BA and MA in Education, Helen married her UCLA sweetheart, Bill Brown, became a teacher, a counselor and raised a family. Her collection of Philippine books from her father became the basis of her dream, the Philippine American Reading Room and Library (PARRAL), later to be renamed the Filipino American Library (FAL).



Selected and screened at the following film festivals & events:

2005 Pacific Media Expo, Long Beach, CA

2005 Pinoy Visions/Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Visual Communications Asian Pacific Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA

2009 The 16th  Annual Filipino American Cine festival (FACINE), San Francisco, CA

2012 American Library Association (ALA) Conference, Anaheim, CA



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