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Film screening of A Thousand Cuts by Romona Diaz and panel discussion

Thursday, October 1, 2020
5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Zoom Panel

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In collaboration with Cornell University, UCLA, Barnard College (Columbia University), University of Toronto, Rutgers University, and Los Angeles’ Visual Communications (VC), you are invited to an international screening of A Thousand Cuts by Ramona Diaz, followed by a panel featuring Maria Ressa (Rappler), Jinee Lokaneeta (Drew University), and Gina Dent (UCSC). This panel will be moderated by Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College).

Film Screening Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 (Film available for streaming in US and Canada.)

Film Screening Location: Film viewing instructions will be sent after you. 

With press freedom under threat in the Philippines, A Thousand Cuts goes inside the escalating war between the government and the press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist who has become a top target of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on the news media. Produced, written, and directed by Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDAMOTHERLAND).

Film Registration Information: Register for the screening by Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 5PM PST. 

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Panel Discussion Date and Time: October 1, 5PM PST

Following the screening of A Thousand Cuts, please join us for a panel featuring Maria Ressa (Rappler), Jinee Lokaneeta (Drew University), Gina Dent (UCSC), moderated by Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College). The film focuses on the current effects of Rodrigo Duterte’s infamous “war on drugs” and the shutting down of independent news outlets as well as the arrest, detention, threats and humiliation of journalists, including Maria Ressa. This post-screening panel focuses on policing, state violence, and how the media and ideological landscapes enable populism and authoritarianism across the Philippines, U.S. and India. The discussion also serves as the staging ground for transnational forms of creativity, solidarity, and resistance.

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Sponsored by: Cornell Southeast Asia Program, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (Barnard College), Global Asias Faculty Collaborative (Rutgers University), Rutgers Global, UCLA Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Toronto Women & Gender Studies Institute (WSGI), The Dr. David Chuh Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, and Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. In partnership with Visual Communications and the 36th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

This event is co-organized by Christine Bacareza Balance (Cornell University), Lucy MSP Burns (University of California Los Angeles), Robert Diaz (University of Toronto), Allan Punzalan Isaac (Rutgers University), and Neferti Tadiar (Barnard College).

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department