The Insular Empire: America in the Marianas
A PBS Documentary Work-in-Progress About America’s Pacific Territories
Location TBD, Seattle, WA
January 31, 7:30pm
Please join filmmakers Vanessa Warheit and Laurie MacMillan for a special rough-cut screening of The Insular Empire: America in the Marianas. The screening will take place next weekend in Seattle – more details on location will follow shortly.
Seven years in the making, The Insular Empire is a PBS documentary about America’s Mariana Islands, by Vancouver- based Horse Opera Productions. The filmmakers are now in the final stretch, and they're looking for feedback – specifically from Americans, and from Pacific Islanders. Please come and be a part of the creative process!
Six thousand miles west of California, the Marianas are home to over 200,000 US citizens who do not share the same rights as their fellow Americans in the States. What is it like to be a colonial subject of the ‘greatest democracy on Earth’? From the beaches of Guam to the White House, from the CIA to the Peace Corps, from beauty pageants to the UN, The Insular Empire takes us on a journey to discover what it really means to belong to America’s ‘insular empire’ in the Pacific. Ultimately, it is a story of loyalty and betrayal, about a patriotic indigenous people struggling to find their place within the American political family.
The film is supported in part by Pacific Islanders in Communications (part of the PBS/CPB Minority Consortium), the Guam Humanities Council, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, and the Northern Marianas Council for the Humanities.
Film’s total run time is 65 minutes. There will be a discussion with the filmmakers after the screening.
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