Nailed (50Min, 1992), a Filipina's exploration of the Catholic Church and 400 years of colonialism in the Pacific region is woven in a montage of images, sounds, stories and performances. Inspired by Lucy Reyes, a woman who has been re-enacting the Crucifixion for 16 years by being nailed to across. The video looks at the implications of worship, national, cultural, and personal identity.
About the Filmmaker:
Angel Velasco Shaw is a filmmaker, educator, writer, cultural organizer, and curator. Films that have screened nationally and internationally include “The Momentary Enemy,” “Blowback,” “Umbilical Cord,” “Asian Boys,” “Nailed,” and “Balikbayan/Return to Home.”
She is co-editor of the seminal anthology, “Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream: 1899-1999” (New York University Press, 2002).
Velasco Shaw is an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College teaching in the Asian American Studies Program. She was a core faculty member in the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program at New York University where she taught media, cultural, and community studies courses from 1995-2006.
In 2009, she completed producing a series of cross-cultural exchange project called “Trade Routes: Converging Cultures: Southeast Asia and Asian America”-- consisting of artists residencies, artists’ talks, workshops, exhibitions, performance, and film screenings in Manila and three provincial cities in the Philippines with women artists from Indonesia, Singapore, the U.S. and the Philippines.
Velasco Shaw is currently co-founding the Center for Global Art and Thought, a non profit virtual Philippine-centric center dedicated to the promotion of the arts, culture, and scholarship.
This is the first installment in the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Africana Studies' Film and Speaker Series, Spring 2012 that is being offered as part of the Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS) Critical Inquiry Lab's "Theorizing Diasporic Visuality", an innovative series of linked courses. This year’s lab links Prof. Tina Campt’s (Barnard Africana/Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies [WGSS]) Africana Studies colloquium, AFRS BC3110 Theorizing Diasporas, with May Joseph’s (Pratt Social Science and Cultural Studies) WGSS course, WMST BC3117 Film and Feminism.