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ARMED WITH A CAMERA VOL. 2024

Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.

In the twenty-first edition of the Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists, Visual Communications develops the next generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander artists to connect our communities through the power of the VC Archives

Join us in a special opening night with a program of films by the Armed with a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists class of 2024.

In this program


BALIK/BAYAN

Directed by Paula Kiley

A balikbayan box company owner explores the ways in which balikbayan boxes shaped his perception of the U.S., shedding light on the sacrifices made in pursuit of the “American dream” and the intangible losses that accompany it.

BEYOND BORDERED HISTORIES

Directed by Zaynah Waseem

Beyond Bordered Histories is an intercultural audio-visual multimedia exhibit using archival photographs and moving images to explore the intricate narratives of belonging to a diasporic community.

COME TOGETHER

Directed by Honestine Pa'ala-Fraser

Inspired by the 1978 documentary “Omai Fa’atasi: Samoa Mo Samoa,” a teenage girl growing up in a strict Samoan household lives the same day everyday cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her siblings until she joins a community organization that helps her realize her full potential. 

DIGITAL CAMOUFLAGE

Directed by Alfred Bordallo

A Multi-Channel Video Art Installation juxtaposing vignettes of CHamoru existence within and against imperialism.

KE ALA

Directed by Bryson Nihipali

A young Native Hawaiian filmmaker interviews 3 generations of his family to gain a better understanding of the path laid down by his kupuna.

SANSEDAI

Directed by Kayli Kimura

Through intimate conversations with the filmmaker’s 92-year-old grandmother, SANSEDAI (三世代) examines the nuances of growing up during war, migrating to a country that was once deemed an enemy, and being Japanese-American.