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Who We Become

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Self-discovery stories from Filipino women; language, peril.

Movie NR 2023 72 minutes
Who We Become movie poster: Scenes from the documentary that feature the Filipino cast, which include Jenah Maravilla, a community organizer, Lauren Yap, a college graduate, and Monica Silverio, a social activist, border the golden yellow poster and the film's title and credits appear in pink, white, and black letters

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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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