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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

A Step Forward

Directed by Eric Tandoc

USA / 2017 / 20 mins / English / Color / 16:9

Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm


A STEP FORWARD is a short documentary film about Filipino senior citizens in Westside Long Beach who find community by forming a weekly Walking Club.

In the heart of a former U.S. Navy town with a history of gang violence, environmental pollution, and neglect by the local government, the Filipino Migrant Center started a Walking Club at Hudson Park and brought together long-time residents to engage them in improving their health and their neighborhood.

As they get to know each other and share their common experiences, they begin to realize that they have the power to make changes in their community.

Director's Bio

Eric Tandoc is a filmmaker, DJ, and community organizer who grew up in the Filipino American Navy community of Westside Long Beach. He graduated from UCLA in 2003 with a B.A. in Asian American Studies. He went on to earn an M.A. in Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz in 2008. His previous documentary films include 810LOGY and Sounds of a New Hope.


Director, Cinematography, Editor: Eric Tandoc
Producer: Francis Cullado, Joanna Concepcion
2nd Camera Operator: Hiyasmin Saturay, Joshua Jimenez


  1. Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

    Shorts Programs / 60 mins
    The stories from the past, help inform the future. The Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories and learn the craft of filmmaking. This year the Digital Histories filmmakers not only told their stories through the documentary form but as well as experimental and narrative shorts. - Gary Gabisan

    Preceded by: A Step Forward

    In This Program: Stop And Smell The Roses, A Matter of Truth, In Plain Sight, Returning to Heart Mountain, With a Little Help From My Friend, Wasteful, Inside Nihon Buyo, Tiffany – The Art of Coming Out, My Chinese Southern Roots – Before Lynwood, Our Torrance Farm – Life Before Lynwood

Dates & Times

Digital Histories 2017: Past Informs the Future

Aratani Theatre
April 30, 2017 2:00 pm