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April 30, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull



California State University, Dominguez Hills, to examine cultural stereotypes in award-winning documentary

California State University, Dominguez Hills will host the award-winning film, “Old Man River” in a special presentation of the documentary that combines writer/performer Cynthia Gates Fujikawa's acclaimed, multi-media, one-woman stage performance with a stirring collage of moving and still kaleidoscopic images.

The presentation of Old Man River will be followed by a discussion led by Gates and editor/director Allan Holzman.

The film is a story of an American family beset by tragedy, and an examination of larger political and social issues. The drama focuses on a woman trying to learn about her stoic father years after his death. Through her investigation she learned of a bi-racial sister she didn’t know existed, and ultimately confronted the larger issues of American racism.

“Old Man River” was honored last year with five awards. Premiering at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, it was chosen as the Best Documentary Feature. At the Vermont International Film Festival, the film received a record three awards: Best of the Festival in Justice and Human Rights, the Heart of the Festival Award (all categories combined), and the People's Choice Award. Moreover, director/editor Holzman was awarded the A.C.E. Eddie award from American Cinema Editors for the Best Edited Documentary.

Presented by the Institute for the Study of Cultural Diversity and Internationalization, the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Association, and by the Asian Pacific Studies Program. The curtain call for “Old Man River” is Thursday, May 10, at 1 p.m. in La Corte Hall A-103.

Further information is available by contacting Patricia Hamilton, coordinator, Institute for the Study of Cultural Diversity and Internationalization, at (310) 243-2589.



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