Local filmmaker Laura Varela’s As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos begins with this statistic: 20 percent of the casualties in the Vietnam War were Latino, even though they made up only 10 percent of the general population at the time. And in Hollywood’s version of the war, the film doesn’t say, they get virtually zero percent of the screen time.
Just shy of an hour and seven years in the making, As Long as I Remember attempts to tell the stories of three such men who risked death for a country in which they’re still often treated as second-class citizens. Varela films these vets in staged interviews and in private, vulnerable moments: constructing Day of the Dead altars for war-casualty friends, giving a visibly distressed wife an injection for multiple sclerosis, receiving a brutal critique of a Vietnam story in a creative-writing workshop. The movie screened Sunday in advance of several film-festival appearances. Track the doc at varelafilm.org, and expect to hear more about it in coming months — it’s a moving, vital film.
2:22, local writer-director Phillip Guzman’s heist-gone-wrong film featuring Val Real Genius Kilmer will make its SA debut Tuesday, January 27, at Santikos Palladium. Get more info at 222themovie.com.