This short experimental video centers on four quotes, from Angela Davis, Paul Robeson, Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino, and Shulamith Firestone, which link art and revolution. These quotes are layered top of images of independent filmmakers at work, emphasizing the power of cinema to advocate for social justice and reflecting a belief in the need for artists to use their personal vision to affect positive change, to aid humanity and to improve life on the planet.
Valerie Soe is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer from San Francisco
whose award-winning productions include Mixed Blood; Picturing Oriental
Girls: A (Re) Educational Videotape, (Best Bay Area Short, Golden Gate
Awards, San Francisco International Film Festival) and “ALL ORIENTALS
LOOK THE SAME,” (Best Foreign Video, Festival Internazionale Cinema
Giovani; First Place, Experimental Category, Visions of U.S. Festival).
Her work has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the
AFI National Video Festival, the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague,
and on KQED-TV, KCET-TV and Channel L Cable Manhattan, among many
others. Her work looks at identity, culture, mass media, and activism,
primarily within the Asian American community. She is on faculty at San
Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department. She is
the author of the blog www.beyondasiaphilia.wordpress.com, which focuses
on the intersections between art, culture, and activism.