Vitas Film Festival

"Choreographing the Margins" is the theme of the 2006 Vitas Film Festival sponsored by the UCLA Folklore Society, Department of World Arts and Cultures, and Center for Student Programing.

Friday, May 05, 2006
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Kaufman Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

“Artists Talk Back”
Conference: 9 AM to 12 PM (Room 208)

  • Sri Susilowati
    Performance: 9:15 to 9:30
  • Suzanne Lacy
    Artist, Activist, Scholar
    9:40 to 10:25
  • Indira Tyler and Jennifer Musto
    Dramatic Reading: Beyond Trafficking
    11:00 to 11:15
  • Marjan Vayghan
    Building Bridges: Examining Iranian / American Relations
    11:15 to 11:30

Midday Session

  • The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
    Performance (Garden Theater) and screening (Room 208)
    12 to 2

Afternoon Session

  • Code 33
    Screening: 2:10 to 3:15 (Room 208)
  • Nic Tiongson
    Filipino cinema scholar
    3:25 to 4:35 (Room 208)
  • Singing Pictures
    Screening: 3:25 to 4:35 (Room 101)

Evening Session

  • Student Films
    Screening: 5:00 to 6:35 (Room 208)
  • Mansyon
    Screening: 5:05 to 6:30 (Room 101)
  • Magnifico
    Screening: 6:45 to 8:50 (Room 101)
  • Student Films
    Screening: 6:50 to 9:00 (Room 208)

From the Festival Organizers:

Welcome to the 2006 Vitas Film Festival “Choreographing the Margins”

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, performance artist, activist and recent visiting scholar in the Department of World Arts and Cultures asked, “Is the classroom an activist space?” The 2006 Vitas Film Festival theme “Choreographing the Margins” evolved as students began responding to this question by thinking about the process of art making from political, social, and personal perspectives. UCLA and Otis College of Art and Design students explored the power of art to reshape ideas about populations, issues and events influencing our lives.

The Vitas Film Festival seeks to continue this process by allowing students and professionals from various fields to consider the spaces where the creative process, political and social action meet. The May 5th schedule provides multiple opportunities for a variety of topics to be considered. From 9am to 12 noon, we offer a conference and discussion session designed to consider dance, video, performance and visual art within an activist context. Suzanne Lacy, artist, activist, and educator will lead us in a consideration of community/artist collaborations. Students will add to the discussion by offering a variety of performances and presentations.

Our lunch hour provides a lively consideration of sexual orientation and identity as The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of Gay, Lesbian, (and other) Nuns fulfill their primary mission to: “Expiate Stigmatic Guilt, Promulgate Universal Joy, and Habitually Manifest”  in order to educate and raise tolerance toward the queer community.

The afternoon session features Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson, film critic and scholar, sponsored by the Center for South East Asian Studies who will discuss the independent film movement in Filipino cinema. His lecture will examine Magnifico (2003), directed by Maryo J de los Reyes and Mansyon (2005), directed by Joel Ruiz. Both films will be screened in their entirety after his presentation.

Our evening program features student videos dealing with local, national and international issues, from racism on the UCLA campus, to suicide, domestic work and genocide in Sudan.

Throughout the day visitors will be able to view short films presented by and the Pilipino Artists Network (PAN), visit an art showing in the South Lobby, and view a video installation in the main foyer. Visit our new website to learn more about the artists, filmmakers, performers and their work

We hope this year’s program will educate, inspire and entertain. Enjoy!

- Festival Committee

For additional information, visit the Website:  then click on Vitas Film Festival

Cost : Free; parking is $8.

For more information please contact:

World Arts and Cultures DepartmentTel: 310-825-3951

Sponsor(s): , World Arts & Cultures/Dance, UCLA Folklore Society and Center for Student Programing. Information on non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies Center personnel.