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Race & Space in Los Angeles VI: 16mm Films from the 1960s-1970s

August 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm10:00 pm


LOS ANGELES– In continuing the series on Race & Space in Los Angeles, this new installment turns its focus towards the Asian American community. Beginning with a USC student made production entitled The Challenge (1957, Claude Bache) which exposes the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII but does so from assimilationist perspective put forth by the Japanese American’s Citizens League, which at the time was promoting a platform leaning towards adopting American ideologies rather than retaining Japanese. As counterpoint, the program features some films from the 1970’s collective of Asian American filmmakers known as Visual Communications, who made films from viewpoint of the Asian artist, rather than the Asian as subject. One such film, Manzanar (1971, Robert Nakamura), addresses the issue of Japanese interment during WWII from a much different perspective. The program will also include additional films from Visual Communications that explore the topic of identity and collective memory as they resonate within the Asian American community. Special thanks to program partners California Humanities, the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC, the Japanese American National Museum and Visual Communications. FREE EVENT! This project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit Additional information: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7:30 – 10:00 pm @ the Plaza in front of the Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 Program begins at 7:30 pm. This event is free and outdoors in front of the Japanese American National Museum. Look for the EPFC Filmcicle, our mobile cinema bicycle! Feel free to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Refreshments provided. Street and lot parking available. Accessible by Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District stop and the Downtown DASH bus. For more information, go to or contact Lisa Marr, Operations Director, 213.484.8846, Event Pages: RACE & SPACE IN LOS ANGELES is supported by California Humanities’ Humanities for All Quick Grant Program. To find out more about this grant opportunity, please visit our webpage HERE


Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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