The Celine Archive

Directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu

What does it mean to be descendants of gendered violence? The Celine Archive is an act of journalism, a story of family grief and trauma, and a séance for the buried history of Filipino-Americans. Filmmaker and scholar Celine Parreñas Shimizu weaves together her own story with that of Celine Navarro, who was buried alive by her own community in Northern California. Through animation, portraiture, archival materials, and interviews, The Celine Archive shares multiple versions of the story. Told with care and respect for Navarro and her descendants, this film is a gift of love given to generations who have held Celine in heart and women fighting to have a voice in the face of violence.

Directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu
Producted by Dan Parreñas Shimizu, Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

About the filmmaker: A film scholar and filmmaker, Celine Shimizu is currently a professor and the Director of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. In July 2021, she joined UC Santa Cruz as the new Dean of the Arts Division. Her work focuses on social theories of power and inequality at the site of race, sexuality and transnationalism. She is the author of The PROXIMITY OF OTHER SKINS (2020), STRAITJACKET SEXUALITIES (2012), and THE HYPERSEXUALITY OF RACE (2007). Her films include The Fact Of Asian Women(2004), Birth Right(2009), and The Celine Archive(2020).

The Celine Archive is preceeded by the short film “No Dogs”.
LIVE Q&A for The Celine Archive and “No Dogs” on 11/9 at 8:00 P.M. EST