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Benefit for "The Color of Violence" 

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Six videos showing in conjunction with "The Color of Violence," a March 2002 conference on ending "both sexual/domestic violence and state-sponsored violence" against women of color. In History and Memory (1991), Rea Tajiri considers the internment of her mother's Japanese-American family during World War II, but instead of resorting to the trite language of victimhood, Tajiri presents a flood of images, printed text, and voice-over, evoking the ambiguity of lived experience and the fluidity of meaning amid shifting social conditions. By the end, jingoistic images from Hollywood films have yielded to a moving scene in which the filmmaker re-creates a key memory on the site of her mother's imprisonment. Tran T. Kim-trang's Ekliepsis (1998) explores the hysterical blindness of some Cambodian women who've escaped the horrors of Pol Pot and immigrated to Long Beach, California: atrocities are presented primarily in voice-over while imagery flickers against the darkness. "You can't steal from a white man," declares the title activist in Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison (1973) by People's Communications Network. "Everything the white man has...he stole it from you." One needn't agree with her to be touched by her reminiscences or fascinated by this time capsule of radical politics. On the same program: Nina Xoomsai's Nem Vem Que Nao Tem (Don't Even Come My Way) and Meena Nanji's It Is a Crime (1996) and Voices of the Morning (1992). 93 min. Tickets are $5. Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Friday, January 25, 8:30, 773-227-4433.


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