Women’s Studies, Barnard College presents
Global South Women Directors Screening Series, Spring 2011
Film Screening of Angel Shaw’s “Umbilical Cord”
Discussion with filmmaker will follow
"Umbilical Cord" (1998, 27 min.) is a kaleidoscope of the filmmaker’s impressions of events in the Philippines in 1998- from the Centennial commemoration to the presidential elections and their relationship to one hundred years of Philippine struggle. In a series of montages, the filmmaker asks people from the markets to malls questions about what a hero means, who their heroes/heroines are, what they think of the centennial celebration, and what they think is the role of women today. Within this contemporary context, bridging history to today, the filmmaker explores the absence of women in history from a more personal perspective, searching for the stories of her female ancestors- interweaving movie posters, historical monuments, TV commercials, election posters, archival photographs depicting the Philippine Revolution, Philippine American War, and images of society’s heroes.