Access Orbit—Program 1: Identity

This program of ten videos by young, mostly “minority” people, organized by the media activist group Paper Tiger Television, focuses on the familiar themes of personal and group identity. In Kellon Innocent's Who Am I?, the most sincere and personal work, a young man writes the title question over and over in a notebook; typical of young people, he's concerned about his body image, but the film's honesty is appealing. In Global Action Project's Made in America a Chinese-American boy listens to 'N Sync in hopes of fitting in, and in Appalshop's Through Their Eyes some gay youths in Kentucky are supported by friends, while others are threatened with beatings. Many of the videos are excerpted, which proves irritating, and much of the iconography (like the woman with MEDIOCRE written on her forehead in Annie Maribona's Fade) would be familiar to anyone who's seen an art-school show. 59 min.

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