We Drank Our Tears: Francisco Babauta's Story

11min | Documentary | US

In 1944, some of the final battles of World War II were waged on the Pacific islands of Saipan and Tinian.

Director: Galvin Deleon Guerrero

Writer: Galvin Deleon Guerrero

Stars: Javon Gersonde

SAT. 11/28    15:00

WE DRANK OUR TEARS (FRANCISCO BABAUTA’S STORY, RAFAEL MAFNAS’S STORY, BENJAMIN ABADILLA’S STORY, THE STORIES OF CARMEN, ANTONIETA AND ROSA)

“While in the cave, the family survived on food such as coconuts and sugar cane. Spring water was fetched at midnight when the Japanese soldiers would be asleep. On other nights, their tears were all they had to drink.”

 

from an account of World War II by Carmen Tudela Flores as told to Christopher Flores Lam, taken from “We Drank our Tears” (2004), an oral history of the civilian experience of World War II battles on Saipan and Tinian, published by Pacific STAR Young Writers Foundation

 

In 1944, some of the final battles of World War II were waged on the Pacific islands of Saipan and Tinian. 933 indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwasch civilians did not survive the battles. This is one of their stories.

CAST

Kelvin Cepeda

Keona A. Camacho

Javon Gersonde

Keisuke "Kei" Yoshida

Michitaka "Michi" Yoshida

Randy Johnson

Elphidia "Peding" Cepeda Sanchez

Derek Gersonde

PRODUCTION

Written, Edited, and Directed by Galvin Deleon Guerrero

Produced by Galvin Deleon Guerrero Rob Travilla, Frankie Eliptico

A production by Mount Carmel School’s Theatre Club, TRIBE MARIANAS, Northern Marianas College and the Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities

Unit Production Manager Zeno Deleon Guerrero

First Assistant Director Markel Toves

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