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Asian Americans

Asian Americans
March 6, 2020 - 7:30 pm
In-person: 
filmmaker Grace Lee, producer Renee Tajima-Peña.


Pilgrimage  (2006)

Pilgrimage tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities in our post 9/11 world. With a hip music track, never-before-seen archival footage and a story-telling style that features young and old, Pilgrimage reveals how the Japanese American community reclaimed a national experience that had almost been deleted from public understanding.

Digital, color, 22 min. Director: Tadashi Nakamura.


Asian Americans  (2020)

Asian Americans is a production of WETA Washington, D.C. and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for PBS, in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Flash Cuts and Tajima-Peña Productions.

This opening program centers on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activism and documenting the community. It features a sneak preview of an episode from PBS’ upcoming Asian Americans, a groundbreaking public television five-part series, set to premiere in May 2020. 

The series examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. A rich array of archival footage, oral histories and interviews, and current news research presents a multi-faceted perspective on how the Asian American experience has been predominantly shaped by the long-term, community-focused work in equity and inclusion for accurate media representation, social and economic mobility, and human rights for all. 

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña, Asian Americans examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the 20th century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

DCP, b/w & color, 60 min. Director: Grace Lee. Executive producer: Jeff Bieber, Dalton Delan for WETA; Stephen Gong, Donald Young for CAAM; Sally Jo Fifer for ITVS; Jean Tsien. Series producer: Renee Tajima-Peña. Producer for Flash Cuts: Eurie Chung. Episode producers: S. Leo Chiang, Geeta Gandbhir, Grace Lee.