Each spring, we work with the Asian Culture Center and IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program to present the film series Movement: Asian/Pacific America as part of IU’s annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration. Indiana University celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through a variety of educational initiatives that examine and explore the histories, cultures, and challenges of peoples of Asian Pacific descent in the United States and throughout the world. Because of cinema’s broad appeal, Movement has since 2012 served as a particularly effective vehicle to accomplish this goal.
Annual Film Series
Movement has brought a number of emerging and established filmmakers to campus, including Tadashi Nakamura, Patrick Wang, Ougie Pak, Tony Nguyen, Andrew Ahn, and Caylee So.
Unique in the state of Indiana for its continuing role in introducing Asian American and Pacific Islander film and video to the campus and the greater community, Movement grapples with themes of identity, belonging, and power from the perspectives of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian/Pacific diasporic directors, screenwriters, actors, and subjects.
The series emphasizes intersectional thinking by inviting audiences to consider the multifaceted vibrancies and complexities of these individuals and communities. In line with the multidisciplinary nature of Asian American Studies, screening selections have highlighted cross-currents of sexuality, gender, labor, race, citizenship, sovereignty, and politics. Movement evokes evolution and transformation, both within and beyond Asian/Pacific America.