International Perspectives Shorts Program Friday, October 15, 2004 - 8:00 pm

Each of these films raises important issues affecting Asians and Asian Americans around the world. From the struggle to free Burma from military dictatorship in Our Cause to the traumatic experience of institutionalized rape in When The Storm Came, these documentaries do not shy away from the controversies at large in the world today. The program concludes with Into Air, a quiet look at the painful impact of globalization on Taiwan.

Admission: FREE

Documentary Short

Title

Director

Running Time

Format

Our Cause

Frederic Vernet

20

Video

(English & Burmese w/E.S.)
Many have fled the brutality of Burma's military regime and sought asylum in the U.S. Through two prominent activists in New York, we enter the world of the Burmese pro-democracy movement in America and witness their dedication to the cause.

 

Documentary Short

Title

Director

Running Time

Format

When the Storm Came

Shilpi Gupta

24

Video

(Kashimiri w/E.S.)
This film profiles a village that survived an alleged mass rape in Kashmir and the stigma that continues to haunt it. The film culminates with a stark reminder that rape has been used as a "weapon" of war and conflict throughout time and across the globe. 2004 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize


Documentary Feature

Title

Director

Running Time

Format

Into Air

Dovar Chen

45

Video

INTO AIR is a beautiful, patient documentary on farmers and fishermen in Taiwan facing a globalizing economy. Part poetic meditation, part political manifesto, the film foregrounds the voices of everyday women and men confronting the invisible but dramatic force of the World Trade Organization. Filmed just as Taiwan was becoming a member of the WTO, INTO AIR is the first documentary on globalization to emerge from Taiwan.

 

Venue Information

Georgetown University
New Research Building
4000 Reservoir RD, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-538-6657
http://explore.georgetown.edu/locations/index.cfm?Action=View&LocationID=4

Notes: Park on Reservoir Road. Enter campus from Entrance 4 off Reservoir Road, proceed up the stairs on the right, follow the walkway all the way to New Research Building (which will be the very last building). Once you enter the building proceed down the stairs to the auditorium lobby.