WORCESTER FOOTAGE & US IMPERIALISM IN THE PHILIPPINES
This program will consist of a brief introduction to US Imperialism in the Philippines, followed by a guided viewing of an independently made 1913 propaganda film that argued Filipinos were not fit for self governance. The film was produced at a time when the debate within the US Congress surrounding the Philippines status as a US Territory began to favor granting their independence. Led by Kate Pourshariati - film archivist, media cataloger, and cultural film series programmer for the Penn Museum.
WWII ANTI-JAPANESE PROPAGANDA & HOLLYWOOD
This program will provide a brief history of the Hollywood Studio system’s emergence as the hegemonic gatekeeper of American popular media, followed by a guided viewing of anti-Japanese WWII propaganda films. Content is derived from a variety of sources, but this lecture focuses primarily on entertainment based Hollywood films (fictional narratives), documentary news reels and soldier training films produced by the US Military sponsored War Pictures, and cartoons. Lecture by PAAFF Festival Director Rob Buscher who also lectures at University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program.