Benefit for “The Color of Violence”

Six videos showing in conjunction with “The Color of Violence,” a March 2002 conference on ending “both sexual/domestic violence and state-sponsored violence” against women of color. In History and Memory (1991), Rea Tajiri considers the internment of her mother's Japanese-American family during World War II, but instead of resorting to the trite language of victimhood, Tajiri presents a flood of images, printed text, and voice-over, evoking the ambiguity of lived experience and the fluidity of meaning amid shifting social conditions. By the end, jingoistic images from Hollywood films have yielded to a moving scene in which the filmmaker re-creates a key memory on the site of her mother's imprisonment. Tran T. Kim-trang's Ekliepsis (1998) explores the hysterical blindness of some Cambodian women who've escaped the horrors of Pol Pot and immigrated to Long Beach, California: atrocities are presented primarily in voice-over while imagery flickers against the darkness. “You can't steal from a white man,” declares the title activist in Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison (1973) by People's Communications Network. “Everything the white man has . . . he stole it from you.” One needn't agree with her to be touched by her reminiscences or fascinated by this time capsule of radical politics. On the same program: Nina Xoomsai's Nem Vem Que Nao Tem (Don't Even Come My Way) and Meena Nanji's It Is a Crime (1996) and Voices of the Morning (1992). 93 min.

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