Left by the Ship

Left by the Ship


A poignant 2010 film about the impact of America’s presence in the Philippines – a generation of children, many born to sex workers. Until 1992, Subic Bay on the island of Luzon was the largest US naval base outside America. An estimated 50,000 Filipino Amerasians fathered by the sailors were the human legacy, and the film follows four.


Documentary following the lives of the current crop of Filipino Amerasians, the children of US military fathers and Filipina sex workers, who felt abandoned when the US ended its 100-year presence in the Phillippines in 1992. The programme examines the legacy of the withdrawal, which has created prejudice toward a generation of Filipino Amerasians who were `left by the ship'.