Described to be “a fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations…featuring a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs,” Act of Valor promises to be “an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking.”
However, despite the fact that the movie is reported to have been based on true events, some Filipino-American leaders are crying foul about the movie’s lack of accuracy.
They said the film portrayed Filipinos in the worst way possible — as jihadists who want to destroy Americans.
In the movie, a group of 16 Filipino suicide bombers are trained to infiltrate the U.S. border in Mexico, wearing explosive vests to be detonated in major cities in the country. Now, it’s up to the U.S. Navy Seals to stop them.
The movie starts out in the Philippines where a suicide bomber kills the American ambassador, his son and dozens of children.
In another scene, a U.S. Navy Seal, using binoculars, spots the terrorists and identifies them as Filipinos.
In a shooting encounter with the U.S. Navy Seals, these so-called terrorists seek help in Tagalog, saying, “Hihingi ako ng tulong!” (I’ll ask for help!).
In response, National Federation of Filipino American Associations – San Francisco chair Rudy Asercion has started an online petition to “Stop stereotyping Filipinos as terrorist in American Movies.” This petition reads in part:
We condemn the portrayal of Filipinos as evil fanatics and Jihadists who hate Americans in the film An Act of Valor. The extremely negative stereotyping of Filipinos especially in a film about terrorism is beyond disingenuous and may in fact prove dangerous to Filipinos around the world.
We demand corrective measures and a formal apology to the Filipino people from the film maker, the producer and the owner of An Act of Valor.
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