Friday Announcements: Vincent Chin anniversary release of Vincent Who?; Submit to Athena Film Festival; The Nation Student Writing Contest

Vincent Who? Poster

This week marks the 28th anniversary of the hate crime murder of Vincent Chin, a case that ignited the first Asian American civil rights movement and gave rise to a new “Asian American” identity and community.

In commemoration, Vincent Who Film is releasing a Special Edition DVD of VINCENT WHO?, the 2009 documentary about Vincent Chin and the Asian American experience in political activism (see our new widescreen trailer). We are also launching a new website dedicated to Vincent Chin and his legacy to serve as an educational resource.

In doing so, we hope to contribute toward the day when the momentous, but mostly unknown story of Vincent Chin becomes a familiar one, not only among Asian Americans, but all Americans. Please join us in this effort by spreading the news. Thank you for your support!

“an absolutely wonderful film…it revives and resurrects one’s confidence in the ability to make change.”
– Rajini Srikanth, U.Mass.

“if you’re unfamiliar with the murder case, it’s practically required viewing.” –

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VINCENT WHO? (2009, 40 min): In 1982, Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. The culprits received a $3,000 fine and no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country galvanized for the first time to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.

VINCENT WHO? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a new generation of activists impacted by Vincent Chin. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger narrative of Asian American history, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese Internment, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racism.
Ultimately, the film asks how far Asian Americans have come since the Chin case, and how far we have yet to go.

The Athena Film Festival

February 10-13, 2011

Film is a medium known to most people in nearly every part of the world.  Films have power. They create conversation.  They reveal truths.  They inspire.  And that is why Barnard College is proud to launch the Athena Film Festival, a world-class celebration of film and the women who write and direct them, who are behind the camera, in front of the camera, and in the industry at-large.

Through feature films, documentaries, and shorts, the Festival will explore what makes a leader.  Is it the ability to inspire people to fight injustice or stand up for the rights of those who are powerless?   The festival will examine the values women leaders share—vision, courage, resilience—and explore leadership across race, class, and culture. The Festival will highlight the wide diversity of women’s leadership in both real life and the fictional world, illuminating the sometimes passionate, sometimes agonizing stories of women from across the globe who have made a difference in their countries and communities.  Our goal is to open a robust dialogue about women and leadership: what it takes to excel, collaborate, lead, and inspire.

The festival program will include films from across the globe—new films, those shown only on festival circuits that have not had wide exposure, and retrospectives of seminal works that have changed our views of women and women’s leadership.

The program will include:

  • Feature films that tell the extraordinary stories of strong, bold women leaders from all walks of life—stories of ambition, courage, resilience.
  • Documentaries that showcase women leaders who have used grit and moxie to make a difference—captivating stories of determination, innovation and vision.
  • Short films that highlight the talents of emerging artists — films that capture not only the stories of women, but a new generation’s take on what makes exemplary leaders.

If you have a film to submit, or know of a film that would fit into our Festival, please send a short description of the film and any appropriate links.

Also include:

  • The type of film: documentary, fiction, or short.
  • Running time.
  • The year the film was made.
  • If the films had any type of release in theatres, DVD or on TV.
  • Country of origin.
  • Whether you have applied for and been accepted to or played other film festivals.
  • Contact information: email, phone and address.

Email info to:

We will contact you if we would like you to submit the film.  We will only accept submissions on DVD. (Works in progress, rough cuts, films directed by men, and films made outside US are eligible.)

Submission deadline: September 1, 2010

For all questions contact Melissa Silverstein – 718-638-3076

The Fifth Annual Nation Student Writing Contest 2010
co-sponsored by The Nation Institute

How has your education been compromised by budget cuts and tuition hikes?

Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

We’ll select five high school and five collegiate finalists and two winners–one from college, one from high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essays will be published in an issue of the magazine in the fall of 2010, and will be featured at The finalists will be awarded $250 each and subscriptions, and their entries will be published online. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through June 30, 2010. A winner will be announced by September 15. Please send entries to

Please help spread the word!

More info here.

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