Mothering Guahan's First Stateside Screening at UCSD

Film Screening: Mothering Guahan
Thursday, June 1st at 4PM
UC San Diego/Literature Building
Room #155 (de Certeau)

This film explores feminine empowerment & authority (its preservation and diminishment) in Chamorro mothers and mothering, with the goal of building intergenerational knowledge of Chamorro women and families’ experiences in a landscape that is increasingly changing.

For more California 2017 Screenings, please check back for updates.

Celebrate Mother's Day Saturday at the Guam Museum with the film, "Mothering Guahan"

CHamoru director Leiana San Agustin Naholowa'a's "Mothering Guahan" will be shown Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Guam Museum Indoor Theater in celebration of Mother's Day.  Inspired by mothers, created for mothers, and celebrating the mother centered-ness of CHamoru culture, "Mothering Guahan" weaves the voices of different generations of mothers to make up this powerful perspective on CHamoru feminine identity, empowerment and authority.  Seating for the film is free, however, limited.

The Guam Museum invites the community to also visit the current exhibition, "CHamoru Yu': Perspective on CHamoru Identity" during its final stretch before it closes.  For more information about this and other events, contact the Guam Museum at 989-4455 or visit



After the success of the August 26th public premiere event for the Mothering Guahan film project, several encore public film screenings were coordinated at CAHA Art Gallery and Guam Community College on the following dates and times.

Friday, October 9, 2015
    •    12:30 p.m.
    •    4:00 p.m.
    •    7:00 p.m.
    ◦    * The 7:00 p.m. film screening occurred during the Arts and Humanities Month opening reception from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner and entertainment were provided.
CAHA Art Gallery, Terlaje Professional Building (near Guam Legislature), Hagatna

Saturday, October 10, 2015
    •    10:00 a.m.
Guam Community College, Student Center, Room 5108 (across the student lounge), Mangilao

All film screenings were free of charge.
Film Length: 45 minutes

Read the Live Blog by Dr. Elizabeth Kelley-Bowman
    •    Helen Aguon - a.k.a. "Island Girl," Radio Host, ISLA 63 AM
    •    Juanita Blaz - Program Director, Island Girl Power, Ayuda Foundation
    •    Barbara Benavente - Guam Moms Helping Moms and Families
    •    Dr. Laura Souder - CEO/President, Souder, Betances, and Associates, Inc. (project advisor, Mothering Guahan)
    •    Dr. Faye Untalan - Project Director, Ma'adahen i Fino Chamorro gi Koleho (project advisor, Mothering Guahan)
A free film screening of interview and panel discussion video footage for the Mothering Guahan film project was sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Guam.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:30 p.m.
    •    Opening reception
    •    Mothering Guahan interviews and panel discussion film screening
    •    Q&A and roundtable discussion
    •    Audience evaluations
University of Guam CLASS Lecture Hall The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Lecture Hall is located between the Humanities and Social Sciences Building and the Tan Lam Pek Kim English and Communication Building on the University of Guam campus. A map is available here:

The film consists of the following individuals:

Interviews of Chamorro mothers: Monique Baza, Jill Benavente, Ruth Flores, Teresita Flores, Lourdes Hongyee, Tricia Lizama, Christine Naputi, Amanda Santos, Mariquita Taitague, and Matilde Castro White.

Video-recorded roundtable panel discussion of Chamorro mothers: Antonia Castro, Evelyn Flores, Laura Souder, Rlene Steffy, and Faye Untalan.

Interviews of indigenous scholars: Anne Hattori and Sharleen Santos-Bamba.

Production for the Mothering Guahan film is ongoing and will culminate into a ninety-minute feature that will be completed in time for Fest Pac 2016. The filmmakers are seeking feedback on the interview and discussion footage in advance from the public before the film is finalized.

The project team consists of Leiana S. A. Naholowaʻa (film director), Brian Muna (director of photography/lead editor), Faye Untalan (project advisor), Laura Souder (project advisor), and Carlene Okiyama (project consultant).



Mothering Guahan is a film that seeks to inspire discussion and dialogue of women’s influence in Chamorro families and communities in the Marianas and the diaspora.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency, a division of the department of Chamorro Affairs, Government of Guam and the Office of the Governor, and a grant from the Guam Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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