Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We are excited to announce that BOLINAO 52 is nominated for the 38th Annual NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA EMMY® AWARD. The film is nominated for two categories: Documentary and Musical Composition/Arrangement. The EMMY® award is presented for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy® statuettes will be presented at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

For a complete listing of the nominees go to:


In May, Bolinao 52 comes to a PBS station near you. Following is a current list of stations and airdates. We will keep this list updated as information are available. Please confirm with your local listing.

Missoula MT-KSKC 05/03/2009 Sun 5:00 PM, 05/10/2009 Sun 5:00 PM
Los Angeles CA-KCET 05/10/2009 Sun 2:00 PM
Washington DC-WETA 05/09/2009 Sat 11:00 PM
Denver CO-KBDI 05/10/2009 Sun 12:00 AM
San Diego CA-KPBS 05/04/2009 Mon 12:00 AM
Cincinnati OH-WCVN 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Cincinnati OH-WKON 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Louisville KY-WKPC 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Louisville KY-WKZT 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-KET 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKHA 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKLE 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKMR 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Lexington KY-WKSO 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Charleston Huntington WV-WKAS 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Charleston Huntington WV-WKPI 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Paducah KY- Cape Girardeau MO- Harrisburg KY-WKMU 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Paducah KY- Cape Girardeau MO- Harrisburg KY-WKPD 5/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Evansville IN-WKMA 05/11/2009 Mon 2:00 AM
Evansville IN-WKOH 05/11/2009 Mon 2:00 AM
Bowling Green KY-WKGB 05/11/2009 Mon 3:00 AM
Harlingen Welasco Brownsville Mcallen TX- KMBH 05/12/2009 Tue 9:00 PM
Salt Lake City UT-KUEN 05/13/2009 Wed 9:00 PM 05/17/09 Sun 2:00 AM
San Jose CA-KTEH 5/13/2009 Wed 11:00 PM and Thu. 05/14/09 5:00 am
Indianapolis IN- WTIU 05/17/2009 Sun 11:00 PM
Chicago IL-WYCC 5/17/2009 Sun 8:00 PM
Corpus Christi TX- KEDT 05/20/2009 Wed 11:00 PM
Buffalo NY- WNED 05/19/2009 Tue. 2:30 AM
Sacramento Stockton Modesto CA-KVIE 05/17/2009 Sun 11:00 PM, 05/19/2009 Tue 3:00 AM, 05/19/2009 Tue 2:00 PM
New York NY- WLIW 05/22/2009 Fri 12:00 AM and 05/25/09 Mon 4:00 AM
San Francisco CA-KQED World 5/30/2009 Sat 11:00 PM and 5/31/2009 Sun 5:00 AM

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BOLINAO 52 : Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing

Contact: Duc Nguyen, Film Director
510-593-5395 or

BOLINAO 52 : Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing
With a Special RECOGNITION AWARD presentation to honor

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009- 1 – 4 PM
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92706

$15 General Public
$12 Museum Members (Tickets available online at or the museum’s box office.)

March 23, 2008 --- Following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, millions of refugees took the perilous voyage across the South China Sea to find freedom. Many died of drowning, starvation and thirst. Some were lost at sea for days while others were pillaged and raped by pirates. More than thirty years later, filmmaker Duc Nguyen, himself a boat refugee, retraces the odyssey of the Bolinao 52 – and reveals an incredible tale of survival, reconciliation and closure.

One hundred and ten refugees boarded a crowded boat one night in May 1988. Soon after leaving Vietnam, the boat’s engine died. They were ignored by over 20 passing ships. Nineteen days later, the USS Dubuque stopped but the ship’s captain refused to pick up the dying refugees. Facing death, they resorted to cannibalism. After 37 days at sea, only 52 people survived. Finally, humble fishermen rescued them to the coastal town of Bolinao in the Philippines. This is the true story of the Bolinao 52.

The event will culminate with a discussion panel on remembrance, reconciliation and healing that welcomes audience participation. A wine reception with light refreshments will cap off the program.

The panelists include:

Duc Nguyen, Filmmaker – A former boat person, the making of Bolinao 52 was a personal mandate for filmmaker Duc Nguyen to educate the world about the struggles of refugees. Due to the phenomenal response by international audiences to this film, especially from overseas Vietnamese viewers, he wants to use this landmark film to foster intergenerational and interdisciplinary dialogue and counseling.

Mai-Phuong Nguyen, MD, Associate Producer - Former co-chairperson of the student advocacy group, Project Ngoc-UC Irvine during the peak of the boat people’s plight against forcible repatriation back to Vietnam in the late 1980s. Dr. Nguyen brings extensive social and health advocacy experience along with her clinical expertise as a physician, to discuss how this film can be used to promote healing as well as cultural competency training for healthcare professionals serving immigrant populations.

Xuyen Dong-Matsuda, PsyD, Psychologist/Social Worker – A clinical consultant for the Orange County Asian Pacific Islanders Community Alliance and several other non-profit organizations with over 20 years experience serving ethnic communities, Dr. Dong-Matsuda will field questions. She has spoken on mental health issues on several Vietnamese radio and television shows and contributes regularly to print media. In 2004, the OC Register named her one of the Top 30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch.

BOLINAO 52 is a co-production of Duc Nguyen and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and KTEH Public Television, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Additional funding is provided by All Roads Film Project and Pacific Pioneer Fund.