Marissa Aroy: “I wouldn’t have a filmmaking career without CAAM”

From left to right: Ron Muriera, Marissa Aroy and guest at the CAAMFest 2014 Closing Night Party.
Filmmaker Marissa Aroy shares her testimonial about CAAM's support of her filmmaking career and development as a Filipino American storyteller.

We reached out to selected filmmakers from our CAAM community and asked how CAAM has made an impact on them. Filmmaker Marissa Aroy, director of Delano Manongs, shares her testimonial about how CAAM has supported her filmmaking career and development as a storyteller.

I wouldn’t have a filmmaking career without CAAM. They introduced me to a local PBS station that broadcasted my first historical documentary, and they’ve been there reading through proposals and treatments of project ideas (both good and bad) giving me feedback and support. My relationship with the people from CAAM are for life. And through their film festival, they’ve shown me the world of the Asian and Asian American filmmaking. They have made me see that being an Asian American and, in particular, a Filipino American, is an asset as a storyteller, a perspective on the world that has not been mined and that people are hungry to take .” -Marissa Aroy

For a limited time only, anyone who donates $100 to our Connecting Community One Story at a Time by tonight, December 31st at 11:59 pm, will receive a DVD of Marissa Aroy’s Emmy-nominated documentary Delano Manongs


About Marissa Aroy
Named “One of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the US” by the Filipina Women’s Network, Marissa Aroy is the director of Delano Manongs, a CAAM-funded documentary about Filipino farmworkers. The film premiered at CAAMFest 2014 as the Closing Night film. Learn more about Marissa and her past and current projects on her website: