Spirit of Humanity Award Kimberlee Bassford - 2nd San Joaquin International Film Festival
Presented by the SAN JOAQUIN FILM SOCIETY
2ND SAN JOAQUIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SJIFF2 May 14-23)
SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARD 2009
The San Joaquin Film Society will present its 2nd Spirit of Humanity Award to multiple award-winning, Hawaiian-American director Kimberlee Bassford for her documentary film "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority." The award honors a filmmaker who uses cinema as an important instrument to advance, celebrate, and promote humanity.
- ABOUT THE FILM
PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY
54 min | USA | 2008
Director: Kimberlee Bassford
"Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority explores the remarkable political story of Patsy Mink, an Asian American woman who, battling racism and sexism, redefined American politics.
Small in stature but a giant in vision, she began her life on a Maui sugar plantation and rose to become the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress. A firecracker and a fighter, she continually pushed the limits of what was acceptable, speaking out against the Vietnam War and entering the 1972 presidential primary, making her one of the first women to seek the nations highest office. She transformed Americas schools as the co-author of Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to women.
The film goes beyond Minks accomplishments, however, to reveal a woman whose political journey was lonely and tumultuous. Dispelling stereotypes of the compliant Japanese female, she battled sexism within her own party, whose leaders disliked her independent style and openly maneuvered against her. Her liberal politics, particularly her vocal opposition to the Vietnam War, engendered intense criticism.
As Franklin Odo, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, states: Patsy Mink offers a phenomenal political story, because she was so outside what you would expect of a woman, of a Japanese American and of a member of Congress. Simultaneously a woman of the people and a pioneer, a patriot and an outcast, her story proves endlessly intriguing, and one that embodies the history, ideals and spirit of America."
Film's Official Page: www.sjiff.org/sjiff09/f-patsy.html
- ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 2nd San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF2), the flagship annual exhibition of the San Joaquin Film Society taking place May 14 to 23, 2009 - is a glorious world showcase of new and innovative works from emerging talents and seasoned international artists, presented in various venues across the city of Stockton in the heart of California's Central Valley. SJIFF2 will feature: red carpet premieres; new independent American and world films; Animania - a cinematic spotlight on animated cinema; tributes to celebrated and rising filmmakers; an exhilarating collection of the world's top short-length films from new and accomplished directors; educational programs, panels, interactive discussions; family events and programmes; a cultural family day at the museum; guest celebrities, entertainment and industry luminaries, and filmmakers from around the nation and the world; world-class galas and festive parties; and diverse programs for all ages.
- ABOUT THE SJFS
The San Joaquin Film Society, Inc. (SJFS), home of the San Joaquin International Film Festival, celebrates cinema arts, multi-cultural appreciation, and global outreach through year-round productions of festivals, films, and educational programs. For 2009, in addition to the international film festival in May, SJFS launched an ambitious year of events that includes the 1st San Joaquin Children's Film Festival in January, the 1st California International Documentary Film Festival in the Fall, year-round cinema programs, special events, and educational programs. SJFS is dedicated to celebrating the artistry, diversity, and power of filmmaking; and to bringing the world of cinema to the culturally-rich Central Valley audiences.
Official Website: www.sjiff.org
Stockton Empire Theatre
1825 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95204
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