By Sunshine Lichauco DE LEON, Suzanne RICHIARDONE


True Story - Completed 2016

One woman’s journey through a century of love, war & discovery. A young American woman leaves her country to begin an adventure in the Philippines that would witness the birth of a nation, a cruel war & occupation & reconstruction. Her story of a century well-lived restores our faith in humanity.

& Awards

World Premieres Festival 2016
Special Jury Prize for Documentary
Cinemalaya 2016
NYLA 2017
Best Documentary Feature
Docs Without 2017
Official Selection
Semi-Finalist, Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • True Story, Documentary, First film
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 61 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sunshine Lichauco DE LEON, Suzanne RICHIARDONE
    • Writer(s)
    • Justin WEINRICH, Sunshine lichauco DE LEON
    • Producer(s)
    • Sunshine lichauco DE LEON, Suzanne RICHIARDONE
    • Synopsis
    • Curiosity, Adventure & Love weaves together 3 threads — the life of a 105-year-old American who journeys to the Philippines alone in the 1930s at age 18, the history of the country that she has witnessed and the insights and wisdom of a woman whose indomitable spirit has evoked inspiration for the thousands who have known her.

      Sitting alone in her 250-year old Spanish colonial home, Jessie Lichauco’s poetic soul draws comfort from the ebb and flow of the river outside her window and protection from an ancient banyan tree while sharing stories with others of a life guided by fate, and where her innate sense of adventure, curiosity and compassion for others knows no boundaries.

      Jessie’s husband Marcial Lichauco, whom she met while he was working for the Philippine colonial government lobbying for independence in Washington DC, was among the country’s most prominent lawyers of that era and this allowed her a front row seat to witness the rebirth of a nation. In time, Jessie’s conviction to help her fellow man in every way possible led her to be granted Philippine citizenship for her profound contributions to the Filipino people. Bridging the past, the present and future, it’s an amazing journey of a century of humankind, of love and finding home, of the cruelty of war and deprivations of a hostile occupation, and the rebuilding of a nation while living a life that restores our faith in the power of our own humanity.