Memorial near Ground Zero
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Description: I didn’t know how to respond after 9/11, but the community around me built on existing infrastructure to quickly support the soon to be scapegoated Muslim American community and demand a peaceful response to the 9/11 destruction.
I captured these responses including the dance community raising funds for South Asian victims of hate crimes, a peace vigil in Japantown’s Peace Plaza, and a Walk of Shame to the consulate of several Asian countries for buying into Bush’s war on terror.
Collaboration: Because of the controversial issues this piece raises about forms of patriotism, I really wanted to be able to share the work in a gathered community rather than in isolation through radio. Dhamaal‘s Janaka Atugoda helped me hook up with their video crew and Kyle Burrows/Skip Intro helped me create figurative moving images to accompany my audio.
We made a master track with color and movement, which Skip Intro then would use to mix in other video sources in a live “jam” for an improvised element to the screening.
Broadcast History :
KUSF’s Radio Segue
KPFA’s Morning Show
KPFA’s Apex Express
Post-Day of Remembrance screening
Visual Communication’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film and Video Festival 2002
Locus Arts’ Color of Patriotism 2002
Foundation of Independent Asian American Media’s Chicago Asian American Showcase 2003