Paaralang PilipinoJonathan Reinert, an artist and film maker, will be a guest speaker at the Paaralang Pilipino in the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield on Sept. 23.

Reinert will talk on the challenges facing Filipino-American adoptees.

Meanwhile, Paaralang Pilipino Executive Director Rebecca Tungol announced that enrolment at the Paaralan is still going on. She also reported a smooth opening of Paaralan classes last Sept. 9.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Tungol says Paaralan enrolment is still going on [/box]Paaralang Pilipino teacher Tess Chou said Reinert will be showing his documentary entitled “Left on Lockett Lane” at about 3 p.m.

The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

The documentary is about a young man who is leaving his small-town home for the city in search of his Filipino heritage. Comprised of interviews with family members, friends and teachers, the film aims to shed light on the complex, dynamic social and cultural challenges facing inter-racial adoptees.

Chou said that Reinert is currently filming “The Lost Tribe” which narrates the stories of six adult Filipino adoptees. The film documents the struggles facing inter-racial families and the journey the adoptees must take to reclaim their culture and personal identities.

Reinert’s presentation was arranged by James Wilson, a Filipino-American adoptee, who handles the Filipino Youth Intiative (FYI) class of Paaralang Pilipino.

Reinert graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles with a master of arts (Asian American studies) in 2010; from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois with a bachelor of arts in ar`t history in 2006; and from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines with a certificate of completion (Philippines Intensive Studies Program) in 2004.

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