Claiming a Voice DVDs are available for sale!
One of the VC Archives’ 2013 goals is to digitize past VC productions and make them available for purchase. We hope that libraries, schools, and other institutions will acquire our films and put them into circulation so that more people will discover these Asian American stories that haven’t been told.
Claiming A Voice is the first film we’ve digitized and made available on DVD. This film tells the story of Visual Communications and its history during the Asian American Movement of the 60s and 70s. Get your DVD copy of Claiming A Voice to add to your library, classroom, or personal collection of Asian American films and documentaries.
CLAIMING A VOICE: The Visual Communications Story (U.S.A., 1990)
Directed by Arthur Dong
Digital (originated on Beta SP), 57 minutes, Documentary
1969 Campus Strikes. Anti-War Protests. Civil Rights demonstrations. American politics and culture were changing. Third World communities sought self-determination and the Asian American movement sprang up from the storefront organizations all across the nation. And out of this turmoil came Visual Communications.
Claiming A Voice is a one-hour documentary chronicling the twenty-year history of the first group dedicated to productions by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Combining interviews with clips from over twenty Visual Communications films, CLAIMING A VOICE traces the important role alternative media played in the Asian American movement.
Claiming A Voice shows how one grassroots organization survived budget cuts, Hollywood, and the collective process of the 1960s to control their own images. The stories of Visual Communications members along with those of jazz fusion band Hiroshima, poet Lawson Inada, and actors Pat Morita and Mako are among the many in this documentary which reflect personal commitments to claiming a voice in media.
Claiming A Voice is written and directed by Academy Award nominated director Arthur Dong (Sewing Woman, Forbidden City, U.S.A.). Editor Walt Louie, Associate Producer Cheryl Yoshioka. A Visual Communications production in association with DeepFocus Productions.
To inquire about prices, please contact Helen at Helen@vconline.org. Look out for other VC productions that we will be releasing on DVD for the first time later this year. We’re excited to share our films with you!