Left by the Ship (educational)

  • Directed by: Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati
  • Produced by: Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati

Released: 2011
Running Time: 79 min

Robert, Jr, Charlene, and Margarita are Amerasians: the sons and daughters of Filipina sex workers and American servicemen stationed at the Subic Bay Naval Base, once the largest US Naval Base outside mainland USA. When the Base closed in 1992, thousands of Amerasian children were left behind. Unlike Amerasian children from other countries, Filipino Amerasians were never recognized by the US government. LEFT BY THE SHIP follows the lives of our four Amerasians over the course of two years, as they struggle with discrimination, family problems, and identity related issues, trying to overcome a past they are in no way responsible for.



  • Winner Cinema Doc Prize, Festival dei Popoli 2010
  • Winner Best Subject Matter, Cinema.Doc circuit 2010
  • Best Social Justice Film, Disorient Asian American Film festival 2011
  • Silver Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival
  • Certificate of Excellence, Sky Fest 2011
  • Best Cinematography in Documentary, Love Unlimited Film Festival 2011
  • First Prize "Per Mare" Sole e Luna Film Festival Palermo, Italy 2011
  • Silver Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Festival 2011
  • Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary Guam International Film Festival 2011