112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Film Studies I

Session Chair: 
Reid Sagara, College of the Desert
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Raincross B
Topic Area: 


  1. Paul Cheng, Independent Scholar
    Wayne Wang’s 1981 feature Chan Is Missing explores the dynamic and shifting possibilities of what it a “Chinese American” identity means in the context of America.  More importantly, this exploration is explored visually in the both the film’s mise en scene as well as its presentation of San Francisco’s Chinatown.  
  2. James R. Aubrey, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    The 2014 film 2 States promotes pan-Indianism; however, its creation, form, and popular reception reflect growing pan-globalist attitudes among younger Indians that are reflected in departures from traditional Indian popular cinema that constitute a "new wave" of Bollywood cinema.     
  3. Claudio Mazzola, University of Washington
    La Mafia uccide solo d’estate (Pif – 2014) is a movie that challenges all the stereotypes about Mafia by using those very same stereotypes.  This paper will analyze and discuss the various technique (voice over, fast paced editing, mixing of style, etc.) employed by the director in order to make a movie  that entertains us and  at the same time confronts our notions of normality and the concept of private vs public.  
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