Chatham Community Library presents virtual film screening: The Celine Archive

Pittsboro, NC – In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, Chatham Community Library will host a virtual film screening of The Celine Archive (2020). This program is free and open to the public.

WHAT:                Virtual Film Screening: The Celine Archive
WHEN:                Thursday, May 12 – Thursday, May 19, 2022
WHERE:              Virtual Program (see registration details below)
WHO:                  In The Celine Archive, filmmaker and scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu artfully weaves together her own story of grief with the story of the tragic death of Celine Navarro, which has become lore. In 1932, Navarro was buried alive by her own community of Filipino-Americans in Northern California, but the circumstances surrounding her death were and are unclear and have oft been spun, sensationalized, and dramatized. The filmmaker, a grieving mother with ties to the same community, finds resonance with Navarro’s memory and long-lost story, and she sets out to first learn — and then tell — the truth about Navarro’s death, ultimately portraying her as a feminist heroine.

Film highlights and awards include:
Award of Merit, Documentary Feature, The Impact DOCS Awards
Finalist, Blackbird Film Festival
Winner, AIFFA
Remi Winner, 53rd Annual Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Grand Prize, Culver City Film Festival
Award of Excellence – Documentary Feature, IndieFEST Film Awards
Excellence in Documentary, WRPN Womens International Film Festival
Outstanding Excellence Award for Research and Biography, Docs Without Borders International Film Festival

Access to the virtual screening will be available beginning Thursday, May 12, by visiting LINK

A password is required at the time of viewing. Those who are interested may contact to request the password or for additional information. The library has purchased a hard copy of the film if residents who wish to see the film miss the virtual screening window.

Residents may also visit the libraries’ website, or contact the Library at (919) 545-8084 or for more information on this and other events and programs.