Ethno L.A. Film Retrospective Kicks Off May 10

May 5, 2010


From our filmmaker friend Tadashi Nakamura, The Center for EthnoCommunications at UCLA is presenting Ethno L.A. on Monday, May 10, a retrospective of EthnoCommunications films which have provided an artistic and social justice platform for API filmmakers since 1996.

This year's featured films include Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance (1997), 810logy (2002), No Vacancy (2003), Belmont High: Trapping Our Youth (2003), Troqueros (2008), and the one I'm personally the most interested in: Metro Es Para Todos (2004).

Metro is "a visual life history of Hee Pok Kim, aka “Grandma Kim”, an activist for the bus riders union in Los Angeles" directed by Eurie Chung, Huong Nguyen, and Cha Viloria. I love hearing about Korean/American activists. Also, my Grandma Kim was only active in telling me to get eyelid surgery, so I'm ready to be inspired by this new halmoni!

And by the way, the event is free! You have no excuse if you're in the greater Los Angeles area. As the Film Editor, it's not technically my job to shame you into supporting the API film community, but I'm just so damn good at it. Peep the trailer below to catch a glimpse of this year's cinematic offerings.

Event Details:

Monday, May 10, 2010 - 7pm
Hammer Museum
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

This is a FREE event!  Reception to follow program.

For more information, please contact Gena at ghamamoto [at] or visit:



Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.