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Animating the World

Ahn Do (Virginia State University)

Anh Do came to America as a Vietnamese refugee when he was just nine years old. He turned to drawing as a form of communication, and decades later he’s still speaking through animation.

13 mins

Films Without Walls

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher and Christine Bozarth (Northern Virginia Community College)

Each year, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher challenges students around the world to tackle a universal issue through film. This year, students enlisted the help of Christine Bozarth to take a closer look at climate change in the American classroom.

15 mins

Violence in the Walking Dead

Thomas Britt (George Mason University)

There is a growing negative reaction to what many people perceive as gratuitous violence in film and television. Thomas Britt investigates why audiences are turning off shows with violent content like The Walking Dead.

8 mins

Definitely Not A Nazi

Bruce Campbell (College of William & Mary)

Flip open a German pulp novel, and you’re likely to find a detective who doesn’t shoot a gun or break the law. Bruce Campbell explains why the weight of the Nazi past makes a German Dirty Harry an impossibility.

8 mins

Reading the Mind of Godzilla

Jason Barr (Blue Ridge Community College)

As Japanese filmmakers brought Godzilla back over and over again, they have used the monster as a symbol to reveal central public concerns in Japan at the time. Jason Barr is the author of The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema’s Biggest Monsters, which looks at the history of Japanese monster movies.

9 mins

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