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Remembering The Great Raid

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For years, Filipino veterans and citizens who served under U.S. armed forces during World War II were denied the same benefits afforded to other servicemen and women though their sacrifices were equal. The U.S. government didn’t begin to redress this inequity until recently -- when many of the soldiers and volunteers were long gone.

Tomorrow, a portion of the proceeds from special screening of Miramax’s “The Great Raid” will go to the American coalition for Filipino Veterans. Starring Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen and Joseph Fiennes, the film recounts a rescue of more than 500 POWs from Cabanatuan, a notorious WWII prison camp in the Philippines.

Hosted by the LA-based nonprofit Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, the screening will be held at the East West Players at the David Henry Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso in Little Tokyo. Tickets are $35 and $50 and include a 6:30 PM merienda (snack) reception before the 8 PM screening. For more information, call (213) 382-1819, ext. 123.