Charley Trujillo

Charley Trujillo was born in Hanford, California and was raised in Corcoran until he was 18 years old. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Silao Guanajuato, Mexico, to the United States in 1908. His maternal family has been in Texas before it became part of the U.S. in 1848. His father is a World War II veteran.

Two weeks after graduating from high school, Trujillo enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Germany as an infantryman in 1969. From there he volunteered for Vietnam. He served there as a sergeant in the infantry, earning both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. from San Jose State University. He has taught college courses in ethnic and Chicano studies, and the Vietnam War, and is the publisher of Chusma House Publications, one of the country's few independent Chicano publishing houses. His book "Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam" won the 1991 American Book Award. He is also the author of the novel "Dogs from Illusion." He lives in San Jose, California.


Sonya Rhee

Fresh out of film school at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Sonya Rhee was doing research on Japanese-American soldiers in Vietnam when she spotted Trujillo's book at a local bookstore. The young Korean filmmaker was so taken with Trujillo's experience that she contacted him and went to Callifornia to meet him. Trujillo agreed to work with her and she changed the subject of her documentary to "Soldados: Chicanos in Viet Nam." She has worked at several international film festivals, including the Edinburgh and Hamptons film festivals. She served as festival coordinator for the 2002's Media That Matters Festival, co-presented with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. She is also a member of The Workshop, a New York-based group of Asian American filmmakers. Rhee lives in New York City.

Production Credits

Directed and Produced by
Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee

Supervising Editor
Laure Sullivan

Matthew Spain

Associate Editor
Linda Peters

Sound Editor
Margaret Crimmins
Greg Smith
Dog Bark Sound

Online Editor & Color Correction
Rick Brown

Audio Layback
Joe Miuccio

Online Facility
Penny Lane Studios

Associate Producer
Ross Romero

Original Music
Jerry Sauceda

Music Library
Killer Tracks

Assistant Editor
Leo Curbelo

Second Unit Cameraman
Luis "Machito" Ochoa
Frank Delgado Jr.

Image Scans
Chris Vitola

Additional Assistant Editor
Sarah Dysken

Editing Facility - D-Lab, New York

Transcription - Pat Casteel Steve Wylie

Thanks to:
Barrera Family
Delgado Family
Gastelo Family
Holguin Family
Lerma Family
Trujillo Family
Samantha Le
Esther and Ray Montes
Albert Solis
Rudy Rodriguez
Leon Morris
Henry Torres
Arturo Villarreal
Town of Corcoran
Asian American Filmmakers Collaborative

Archival Footage:
Barrera Family
Department of Commerce
Getty Images

Photos courtesy of:
Frank Delgado
Fred Escalante
Diego Garcia
Miguel Gastelo
Larry Holguin
Trinidad Mendez
Jesse Saucedo
Charley Trujillo

Board of Advisors:
Alfred Arteaga, professor University of California Berkeley
Chris Appy, writer
Jorge Mariscal, professor University of California San Diego
Jaime Rodriguez, researcher University of Massachusetts Boston
Gloria Velasquez, professor Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Produced in association with P.O.V./American Documentary, Inc.

Additional funding provided by:
Al Castellanos
Jerry Melendrez
Ernie De La Torrre

Eddie Ramirez and Family Joise Mendez Negrete
Ramona Sakata

In memory of Jose Gilberto Barrera and Raymond Trujillo, Charley's father

This program was produced by Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee who are solely responsible for its content.

© 2003 Charley Trujillo and Sonya Rhee