IES Spring Celebration 2022| Screening: Skate Manzanar
DOCUMENTARY SHORT BY RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA
5:00 pm–5:15 pm
Joy Castro, email@example.com
Produced in collaboration with Martin Wong and Michael Louie of the culture and politics zine Giant Robot, Renee Tajima-Peña’s documentary short Skate Manzanar is a meditation on skateboarding, civil liberties, and memory. Skate Manzanar was filmed at the cusp of the new millennium, 60 years after Japanese Americans were forced from their homes on the west coast and imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II. Over 10,000 were incarcerated at the Manzanar camp in the California desert, and though the site looks abandoned, the history is very present. The skateboarding depicted in the film represents Martin Wong and Michael Louie’s artistic interpretation of the site and its intergenerational reach. Skate Manzanar was originally produced for the multi-media performance piece “Amnesia,” created by the artist Roger Shimomura.
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This event originated in Ethnic Studies.