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1990s Asian American Film & Video

January 26, 2021 - January 25, 2022


The Blindness Series (dir. TRAN T. Kim-Trang; 1992-2006; 140 min.)

These eight short videos explore the many resonances of blindness, from eye-lid surgery, video surveillance, to word-blindness, and brilliantly incorporate the artist’s interventions over more than a decade of sustained practice.


Bontoc Eulogy (dir. Marlon Fuentes; 1995; 57 min.)

Drawing on the Smithsonian’s archive of the “living exhibits” of Phillipinos at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the only film from Marlon Fuentes nests a narrative of discovering family lore, ethnography of the Bontoc people, and stylized enactments in a far-reaching inquiry into historical erasure.


Fresh Kill (dir. Shu Lea Cheang; 1994; 80 min.)

The first feature film from artist and digital pioneer Shu Lea Cheang brings her radical experimental vision to a viciously political and campy narrative of two young lesbian parents who fight against environmental racism in the form of radioactive fish lips.


Kelly Loves Tony (dir. Spencer Nakasako; 1998; 58 min.)

In this captivating take on documentary co-creation, Kelly Saeturn and her boyfriend, Tony Saelio, both refugees from Laos who grew up in the US, record a year and a half of their own lives as Kelly balances her hopes to attend college, a pregnancy, and her relationship with Tony, an ex-con trying to reform.


Some Divine Wind (dir. Roddy Bogawa; 1991; 72 min.)

A splintering of narrative structure mixed with found and created material depict the life of Ben, a young multiracial man is safely ensconced in his life with a white girlfriend, as he discovers that his father was part of a bombing mission that destroyed his Japanese mother’s village and killed her entire family during World War II.


Strawberry Fields (dir. Rea Tajiri; 1997; 90 min.)

Set in the 1970s, a teenage Japanese American pyro runs away from her repressed and overbearing mother on a cross-country road trip that ends at the site of a World War II internment camp, rendering corporeal seen and unseen ghosts.


Terminal USA (dir. Jon Moritsugu; 1993; 54 min.)

One family’s shenanigans, full of playfully twisted stereotypes, drug addictions, and illicit affairs, grow ever more violent in this comedic satire, which was controversially created for public broadcast.

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