Exploring Spanish and American
Colonialism to Post-Colonialism:
A Filipina American's Creative Process

Angel Velasco Shaw

[May 3, 2013]

6PM to 8PM

25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan


Filmmaker Angel Velasco Shaw will screen her first two experimental documentaries and discuss the creative process and relationship to her own on-going interest in exploring the effects of Spanish and American colonialism, and empire building on Filipino/American experiences from a transnationalist perspective.

BALIKBAYAN (Return To Home): Super-8 film mastered on 3/4." 13 minutes. 1988.

Documentary about the filmmaker's journey back to her ancestral homeland as a young adult. The piece examines the contradictions of some Filipino realities: i.e. poverty, religion, political upheaval from a Filipina American's perspective.  The images were manipulated in a pixillated style in a homage to Impressionist movement, emphasizing the transient yet profound nature of her experience. (producer, camera, writer, editor)

NAILED: Documentary 1992. Video 8 mastered on 3/4." 50 minutes.
Distributor: Third World Newsreel.  Collection: Museum of Modern Art, New York Film & Video Archives and  Casa Asia film archive, Barcelona, Spain.

A poetically woven montage of images, sounds, stories and performances. Questions about "faith" are raised in relationship to Catholicism, Spanish and American colonialism from the artist's perspective.  The piece examines how, why and what Filipinos worship and its effects on our continuing national, cultural, and personal identity struggles. The project was inspired by Lucy Reyes, a woman who re-enacted the crucifixion every Good Friday for 21 years. (Producer, Director, Camera, Writer & Editor)




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