Quarantine is not slowing down Temple FMA Professor Rea Tajiri. Her incredible works are groundbreaking and inspirational with films that straddle documentary and art film genres and a way of finding new ways of storytelling that embrace the murky spaces of memory, history, and public consciousness.
This FRIDAY, MAY 29 Sentient Art Films will launch an online festival featuring two of Tajiri's films: Strawberry Fields (1998) and Little Murders (1999) in a program entitled My Sight is Lined with Visions - 1990's Asian American Film and Video. The website also features a new commissioned essay by Theresa Wang on Tajiri's film Strawberry Fields: https://www.sentientartfilm.
Tickets are available for the entire package of 7 films for $20.50. You can pre-order now! The festival Closes June 7th.
In addition, Tajiri was recently chronicled in a write up for the queer feminist collective Club des Femmes, as part of a piece by Girish Shambu on History and Memory. History and Memory is Available and streaming for free now until June 8th https://www.clubdesfemmes.com/
In addition, Tajiri was recently part of Film Quarterly's round table discussion: Asian American Film at 50 -- Click here for access to a copy of the transcript that features Tajiri with Roddy Bogawa, Daryl Chin, Shu Lea Cheang https://online.ucpress.edu/fq/article/73/3/66/106894/Messy-Energetic-Intense-A-Roundtable-Conversation
Tajiri along with Abby Sun, cultural writer/academic Vince Schletwiler and filmmakers Roddy Bogawa Shu Lea Cheang will continue the discussion with hosts B.Ruby Rich and Brian Hu on June 5th, as part of a Film Quarterly Panel Discussion on Zoom. Link to come!
We want to salute Professor Rea Tajiri for all the amazing work she's been doing! Make sure to check out her films, writing, and upcoming appearances..