Local Sightings 2020 – Required Viewing (Shorts Program)

View this program on-demand
Sep. 18–27, 2020

Zoom Q&A w/ Filmmakers
Sep. 26 at 6:00pm*


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Ruminate to illuminate through this collection of sociopolitical and interpersonal analyses of our country.

* All ticketholders will receive access to the Zoom Q&A with:

  • Détourning Asia/America: Mila Zuo (Director) and Valerie Soe (Collaborator)
  • Other: A Brief History of American Xenophobia: Natasha Varner (Communications and Public Engagement Director, Densho)
  • HIV: Healing Inner Voices: Jada-Gabrielle Pape (Director)

Film Program:

Other: A brief history of American Xenophobia

(JJ Gerber, Seattle, WA, 2020, 7 min)

This brief history of xenophobia and racism shows how the darkest parts of American history are interconnected, and challenges viewers to write new narratives.

Détourning Asia/America with Valerie Soe

(Mila Zuo, Vancouver, BC & Corvallis, OR, 2019, 14 min)

Eavesdrop on this snappy video chat between artists Valerie Soe and Mila Zuo as they discuss radical appropriations of popular culture and subversion, while visual firecrackers explode all around.

Root Shocked

(Cecilia Brown, Portland, OR, 2019, 16 min)

Root Shocked is a story of generational loss, racial disparity, and the steps taken by one family to force the city of Portland to reckon with its problematic past.

HIV: Healing Inner Voices

(Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Vancouver, BC, 2019, 27 min)

The strength and voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, and the healing power of Indigenous culture.

About Densho

About Densho

Densho is a Seattle-based digital archive and public history organization whose mission is to preserve and share history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today. They offer irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical materials and educational resources, for all to access online at www.densho.org.
About The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

About The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

The AMP is a community-driven and collaboratively funded project that uses public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection, utilizes technology to share stories about the AIDS epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis and provides a call to action to end HIV/AIDS as well as the stigma and discrimination associated with it. The AMP offers visitors opportunities for meaningful participation in their projects, which serve as a reminder of the collective need to be active, remain vigilant, and stand ready to fight scapegoating and discrimination however and whenever they may arise.

About Social Justice Film Festival

About Social Justice Film Festival

Join filmmakers, film lovers, and activists around the world to celebrate the mission of social justice in film for the 9th Social Justice Film Festival, screening virtually from October 1–11, 2020.

Through dozens of strategic partnerships with Pacific Northwest organizations working on issues of social justice, the Social Justice Film Festival exhibits a series of short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films broadly related to social justice, with a special focus on prisoner justice in the US. As a movement, social justice promotes a global culture where equality is achieved on all levels. This includes issues pertaining to incarceration, the environment and sustainability, oppression, race and racism, the arts, animal rights, alternative currency and lifestyles, corruption within the system, and so much more. The festival will showcase works that challenge society structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level, as well as works that challenge the medium.

The festival’s mission is to forge creative alliances with diverse communities, bring inspiring filmmaking to new audiences, and make the art of filmmaking an integral part of social change.

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Local Sightings Film Festival 2020 [Online]

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Online] virtually showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 program, which runs from September 18-27, features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings 2020 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. This year’s festival also celebrates NWFF’s 25th Anniversary as an organization.


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