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If you have ever wondered what happened to a film you first saw at a Docs In Progress work-in-progress screening, this is your opportunity to see the “after” and talk to the filmmakers about the process of making the film as well as its content.


Forgotten Soldiers
by Donald Plata

During World War II, a group of elite U.S. Army soldiers helped fight America’s first major ground battle in the Pacific Theater. General MacArthur considered them his best soldiers at the start of the conflict. They were a group of 12,000 native Filipinos who made up the Philippine Scouts. More than half would die in action or captivity during the Battle of Bataan and the subsequent Bataan Death March. This is the story of these forgotten soldiers. Narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, the documentary features first-person accounts of surviving veterans, re-enactments, and archival material, including rare battle footage from Japan.

The film was first workshopped at a Docs In Progress Work-in-Progress screening in 2010 and is among the organization’s fiscal sponsorees. It has since played to packed audiences across the U.S. and in the Philippines, and won a TIVA-DC Peer Award for Best Feature-Length Docudrama in 2012. Following the screening, filmmaker Donald Plata will join us to discuss the film.

This screening is co-sponsored by WE ARE TAKOMA and made free through additional support from the Maryland State Arts Council.  No tickets required.

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  • Richard H.

    I learned many things I didn't know before about WWII & the Philippines. Forgotten Soldiers was great.

    June 13, 2013

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