In this observational documentary, I used the direct cinema style to refamiliarize myself with my family who immigrated to the United States eight years before the time that I was able to start visiting them. As a result of this process of behavioral study through filmmaking, this documentary intimately portrays a phenomenology of Filipino-American experience as well as my personal perspective as an outsider looking in.

In the same year that this film was released, my article "Philippines, Migration, 1948 to Present" was published in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (2013), edited by Immanuel Ness, Blackwell Publishing. It includes a significant section on Filipino Americans. Please feel free to read the article:

"... a full-length cinema verite docu, part-travelogue, part memory piece, that is so honest in its rendering, so emotional in its delivery, GREEN stands as a signature work for documenting Filipino immigrant life in America. Bravo!” - Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr, Filipino American Cine (FACINE) Festival Director

Joni Gutierrez is listed in the Filipino American Artist Directory


  1. “FACINE XX/bente: The 20th Annual Filipino American Cine Festival” on 11 Dec 2013 in San Francisco, California, USA
  2. Screening as part of the “Gold, Green, Red, and Stardust: 4 Mothers in 4 Documentaries” Exhibition at the Videotheque, University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) on 20 April 2013
  3. Postgraduate student proseminar session on 11 April 2014 in the Communication and Visual Arts (CVA) Building, Hong Kong Baptist University
  4. Special screening at the Videotheque, University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) on 5 July 2013 in Quezon City, Philippines