God is My Safest Bunker: Filipino Contractors & the War in Iraq

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Date/Time: 11/11/2009 12:00 am

Screening and Filmmaker Q&A:
Filipino Contractors & the War in Iraq
Wednesday, November 11th
2 – 4PM
Hunter College, Room 116 Hunter West
Screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker Lee Wang
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Hunter College Asian American Studies Program & the Women and Gender Studies Program
Campus Map: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/abouthunter/68_map.shtml
“God Is My Safest Bunker” tells the untold story of Filipino contractors working in Iraq. Over five years into the war, few Americans realize that the U.S. military depends on tens of thousands of low-wage workers from Asia to do the dirty work of the war. For a few hundred dollars a month, these men and women cook, clean, wash laundry, and drive trucks on the most dangerous roads in Iraq. They are injured and killed, just like American soldiers and contractors, but their sacrifices have largely gone unnoticed. The film gives voice to this invisible work force by tracing the journey of Ailyn Mateo, a young Filipina who leaves her family in Manila to work on a tiny base in Northern Iraq.
Shot on military bases in Iraq and the Philippines, “God Is My Safest Bunker” gives viewers a fresh perspective not only on the war, but on the phenomena of globalization. In this age of migration, is their a limit to where people will go in search of opportunity? And should there be limits on what we as Americans decide to outsource? Finally, the film asks viewers to consider what it means to ask Filipinos to die in a war that Americans have been so reluctant to fight themselves.
More information:
“The Secret Lives of Contractors” (www.alternet.org)


Please direct questions about this event to Jennifer Hayashida, Acting Director, Asian American Studies Program: jhayashi@hunter.cuny.edu

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