The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California will present an evening with filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña and Visual Communications on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Castelar Elementary School, 840 Yale St. in Los Angeles.
CHSSC’s Golden Spike Awards Gala is fast approaching, and two of the honorees will provide a showcase of Tajima-Peña’s works. She specializes in social documentary films focusing on Asian American and immigrant communities, race, gender, and social change.
She will be joined by Janna Wang, community engagement coordinator for Visual Communications, who will serve as moderator.
Tajima-Peña is an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose credits include “Who Killed Vincent Chin?,” “My America … or Honk If You Love Buddha,” “Labor Women,” “The new Americans,” and her latest, “No Más Bébes.”
Her films have screened at the Cannes, Hong Kong, New Directors/New Films, SXSW, Sundance and Toronto film festivals and the Whitney Biennial, and she has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, USA Broad Fellowship, Alpert Award in the Arts for Film/Video, a Peabody, and a Dupont-Columbia Award.
Tajima-Peña teaches social documentary at UCLA, where she is a professor of Asian American studies, director of the Center for EthnoCommunications, and holder of an endowed chair in Japanese American studies. She is an executive producer of the Asian American Studies Center’s Lau Chinese American History Mini Docs Project, which profiles Chinese American stories in the Greater Los Angeles area through short documentaries.