Workers Unite Film Festival 2022

One Generation’s Time: The Story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

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On June 1,1981,Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two reform officers in Seattle’s Alaska Cannery Workers’ Union, Local 37 of the (ILWU), were gunned down as they worked in the union offices. The men were attempting to reform the union and were calling for better working conditions in the canneries. On the surface, their murders were meant to look like just another gang-related slaying. But later, the killings were revealed to be a hit originating from the Marcos regime. Silme and Gene’s friends, families and colleagues sought justice for the murders, and continued the fight for equality for the months and years to come. This touching and powerful film details the murders, the fight for fair labor conditions, the civil rights movement the murdered men helped foster, and the ensuing efforts to seek justice for their killings.

This film is based on the interviews featured in the book, Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    60 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    A production of Seattle Channel. Narration by George Quibuyen.
  • Director
    Shannon Gee
  • Producer
    Shannon Gee, Ron Chew
  • Editor
    Shannon Gee
  • Composer
    Stephen Thomas Cavit