Breadfruit & Open Spaces explores the journey of a group of Pacific Islander immigrants from the Federated States of Micronesia who are now living on Guam. This half-hour documentary is shot in an intimate, backyard style and gives a rare look into the personal stories of Pacific Islanders who live, work and attend school on Guam and enjoy living in open spaces where families gather and traditional foods are grown.
These new migrants are living a dream come true. They moved to Guam determined to find work and to send their children to “American” schools, and they have worked hard to purchase land where they can build homes and plant crops for their families. Because of this, they are devastated when the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatens to evict them. With their new livelihood at stake, the residents organize and fight back.
Breadfruit & Open Spaces features the residents of the Gill-Baza subdivision in Yigo, Guam. The residents are mostly recent migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia; most are from Chuuk and Yap, and fewer are from Pohnpei and Kosrae. Collectively they formed an organization called the United Pacific Islanders’ Corporation in 2006.
As a filmmaker, researcher, and author, as well as a longtime neighbor living on her family’s nearby ranch, Lola Quan Bautista provides a big picture of life on Guam for the new migrants and contextualizes the struggles and experiences of her Pacific Islander neighbors.
They have plans to conduct outreach programs at schools throughout the Pacific and in places in the United States where many Micronesians now live.