Film Series

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

All films are screened in Page Hall Auditorium, UAlbany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue.


  ZOOT SUIT RIOTS

Friday, September 30  7:00 p.m. [Note early start time]
Film screening and discussion with writer and director Joseph Tovares

ZOOT SUIT RIOTS, an episode in PBS’s American Experience series, explores the complicated racial tensions that led to the explosion of race riots between whites and Mexican Americans in Los Angeles during the summer of 1943.

Joseph Tovares, Emmy-winning filmmaker, is a Latino pioneer in American television. Appointed the Chief Content Officer for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in February 2016, he formerly served as Senior Vice President for Diversity and Innovation. He also was Series Editor for American Experience, “TV’s Most-Watched History Series,” for nearly a decade.

   
  WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?

Friday, October 14  7:30 p.m.
Film screening with commentary by director Christine Choy

A Chinese automotive engineer is mistaken as Japanese and murdered by two autoworkers who blame him for the competition from the Japanese auto industry. The film, which was nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Oscar, recounts the repercussions for the families and the failures of the American justice system.

Christine Choy is a director and producer whose films include A SHOT HEARD ’ROUND THE WORLD (1998), which won best documentary at the Bangkok International Film Festival, and RODNEY KING: KOREATOWN REACTS (2016).