Kaua‘i-born, documentary filmmaker honors brave war brides

“Strange Land: My Mother’s War Bride Story” by Kaua‘i-born filmmaker Stephanie Castillo is being shown in honor of National Women’s History Month and sponsored by the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women.

“My mother Norma was among the first war brides of World War II trained to ‘serve an American husband.’ At age 17, she met my father — Hawai‘i-born, son of an immigrant — in Manila during American occupation and married him there. She arrived in Hawai‘i from the Philippines in 1946, pregnant, a stranger to this land,” Castillo writes.

This film is a tribute to all war brides who left their homelands, their families and their cultures to begin a new life in America with their soldier husbands.

The 50-minute documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Stephanie Castillo.

It will be shown at 6 p.m., March 15, at Kaua‘i Community College, Technology Building (next to the Performing Arts Theater), Room 114.

Admission is free. For more information, call Michael Gmelin at the KCC Library, 245-8233.

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