Must-See Documentary Reveals the 46 Best Asian American Music Videos from the Last 46 Years
Members of the Pacific Arts Movement, known previously as the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, has produced a new documentary on the history of Asian American music.
The short documentary, titled “A Music Video History of Asian America,” was released in July as part of the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Film Festival, reports AsAm news.The epic 35-minute feature compiled 46 music videos produced over the 46-year oral history of Asian America.
According to Video Production Team Coordinator Aleya Zenieris, the team who poured in three weeks of intensive work consisted of “7 editors, including myself and Sabrina Ruiz, the main researcher, one animator, and several contributors as well.”
“We had a clear idea of what kind of music and storytelling we were looking for and hip-hop and rap tended to be the medium in which most of these artists would talk about issues of representation, issues of remembering Asian American history and issues of society today. Rap and Hip-Hop tended to be more amenable to that than some of the indie artists, but we did include a few, such as Run River North.”
Aimed to inform while giving exposure and discovery of so many artists in the Asian American community, the end result is a fun and engaging journey through time from pioneers such as AZN Pride and MC Jin to recent stars, including Awkwafina and Nitemrkt.
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