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Jennifer Hayashida and I were featured filmmakers at the 2010 Roberty Flaherty Film Seminar: Work, curated by Dennis Lim. Other filmmakers featured were Lisandro Alonso, Michael Glawogger, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Eugenio Polgovsky, Uruphong Raksasad, Lucy Raven, Alex Rivera, Mika Rottenberg, Kazuhiro Soda, Zhao Dayong, and Naomi Uman.

About the program: Work consumes our daily lives – as a means of survival, a badge of identity, and a lifelong source of joy or sorrow. Bringing together a wide range of films andvideos, WORK, the 2010 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, will examine the ways in which artists depict and explore the daily rituals and larger implications of work as well as the changing nature of work and the workplace. The Seminar will provide a panoramic survey of work in its many facets – from the history of labor strife to the rise of global capitalism to the abandoned working class of post-industrial societies in America and China.

About the Flaherty: The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is named after Robert Flaherty (1884-1951), who is considered by many to be the father of the American documentary. Flaherty’s groundbreaking documentary of Eskimo life, Nanook of the North is among the most noted films of the silent era. He was also the creator of such classic poetic films as Moana, Man of Aran, and Louisiana Story. The Seminar began in 1955 before the era of film schools when Flaherty’s widow, Frances, convened a group of filmmakers, critics, curators, musicians, and other film enthusiasts at the Flaherty farm in Vermont. For over fifty years the Flaherty Seminar has been firmly established as a one-of-a-kind institution that seeks to encourage filmmakers and other artists to explore the potential of the moving image. The films of such directors as Robert Drew, Louis Malle, the Maysle brothers, Mira Nair, Satyajit Ray, and Robert M. Young were shown at the Seminar before they were known generally in the American film community. New cinematic techniques and approaches first presented and debated at the Seminar have routinely made their way into mainstream American film.

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