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Engage in a journey of self-discovery. Build a deeper communication bond with family. Connect with others to bring about social change for a better world. Teens could consider careers as community organizer and activist.
Positive Role Models
Jenah Maravilla is a community organizer, poet, and founding member of the Filipino American Unity for Progress, a nonprofit group that engages Filipino American youth in advocacy; Lauren Yap graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin during the global pandemic in 2020; and Monica Silverio is an activist who protests against social injustices.
BIPOC and White kids, teens, and young and older adults. Representations include director PJ Raval, who is Filipino American and queer; African American woman filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who is also the founder of the documentary's distribution company; and the Filipino cast and their families.
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Violence & Scariness
Anti-Asian hate crimes, discrimination, racism, physical and verbal assaults, mass shootings, White supremacy, riots, global pandemic, depression, suicidal thoughts, murders, and police brutality.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Abortion, bisexuality, and marriages.
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Frequent use of "bitch," "damn," "f--k," "f--king," "hell," and "s--t" and the xenophobic epithet "go back to where you came from."
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Products & Purchases
Apparel with logos and messages, desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, camera equipment, social media platforms, and tattoos.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bottles of champagne, can of beer, and COVID-19 vaccines.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Who We Become is a documentary about the shared stories of three young Filipino women in Texas at the start of the 2020 global pandemic. Images and references include anti-Asian hate crimes, physical and verbal assaults, mass shootings, White supremacy, riots, depression, suicidal thoughts, murders, police brutality, abortion, bisexuality, and bottles of champagne. Language includes frequent use of "bitch," "damn," "f--k," "f--king," "hell," and "s--t," and the xenophobic epithet "go back to where you came from." Engaging in a self-discovery journey, building a better bond with family, and connecting with others to bring about social change are the documentary's main themes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director PJ Raval offers a compelling visual compilation about the lives of three young Filipino women in Texas during the early months of the 2020 global pandemic. In Who We Become, Jenah Maravilla, a community organizer, Lauren Yap, a college student who graduates with honors, and Monica Silverio, a social activist, decide to self-document their experiences during this period.
The women, along with family and friends, address topics that range from their Filipino cultural identity to anti-Asian hate crimes and injustices against marginalized people. "I could definitely be doing more than I'm doing right now," says Yap, "and I know that others can as well." Who We Become may inspire teens and parents to talk about the subject of social inequality and also find ways in which to make society a better place for all.
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