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Against the Grain: An Artist's Survival Guide to Perú

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In 1989, Alfredo Marquez used an image of Mao in an artwork. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. For every artist, the need to create and be heard is as basic as food and shelter. But what happens when you live in a country where the state clamps down on free thinkers, forcing artists to censor themselves? Four Peruvian visual artists, including Marquez, defy this tyranny through their work and ignite change, challenging ordinary people to speak out. Spanning two decades of corrupt governments and inept leaders, this film tells the story of these inspiring artists.

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"...compulsory watching for all who are concerned with the intersection of art and politics." --Carolyn Dean, UC Santa Cruz

"...fast-moving, riveting..."  --Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly

"A moving film that challenges our notions of art and expression...."  --Aura Bogoda, KPFK Radio



Best Documentary, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Emerging Director Award, Asian American Int’l Film Festival

Best of the Fest,San Francisco Latino Arts VideoFest

Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

San Francisco International Latino Film Festival

New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

Ann Kaneko  Normal.dotm 0 0 1 131 748 UCLA 6 1 918 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Normal.dotm 0 0 1 130 745 UCLA 6 1 914 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Ann Kaneko is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, fluent in Japanese and Spanish. She is committed to sharing the stories of brave individuals fighting injustices in unusual circumstances. She was selected as Best Emerging Feature Documentary Director at the New York Asian American International Film Festival for her Fulbright-supported film, Against the Grain: An Artist’s Survival Guide to Perú. Her docs and shorts have been funded by the Japan Foundation, Hoso Bunka Foundation and Durfee Foundation and have been televised here and abroad. Kaneko has produced media installations and videos for the Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum, Getty Center and SEIU-UHW. Currently, she has been shooting and cutting segments for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She participated in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and received an MFA in film directing from UCLA.

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