Shows: April 27, 2010

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Deanna Fei

Pandibulan: Bathing by Moonlight

"Pandibulan: Bathing by Moonlight” by Kinding Sindaw is a new dance work in which a woman from the southern Philippines, working as a caregiver in New York, rekindles her strength of spirit through the folklore and lifecycle rituals of the Yakan people of Basilan Island. Tales of her ancestors, stories of the sea, dazzling dreams of dragons who swallow the moon and magical struggles for the earth and sky at once sustain her and make her nostalgic for her village and home. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the work’s premiere April 22 to May 2 in its large Ellen Stewart Theater.

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New Documentary: Americans on Hold

Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security announced new rules for international flights to the US. The DHS warned travelers to expect random screening measures in the check in and boarding process, including explosive trace detection, advanced imaging technology, dog teams and pat downs. The rules came after DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spent 3 months coordinating with international representatives and assessing procedures in other countries. In announcing the new rules, Napolitano said they would "more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist threats." The shift may indicate an acknowledgment by the government that rules have been ineffective and prone to racial profiling. Since 9-11 civil rights groups have drawn attention to the disproportionate impact of these rules on South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities. This is the subject of a new documentary film called, Americans on Hold, produced by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU's School of Law. Smita Narula, faculty director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU joins us.

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A Thread of Sky: A Novel

When Irene Shen's husband of 30 years walks out on her, she says, Good riddance, only to learn hours later that he's been killed in a car accident. This compels Irene to reconnect with her three successful yet distant daughters, her quirky poet sister and her Chinese revolutionary mother by planning a two-week sightseeing vacation across Mainland China. With reluctance the three generations of women agree to the trip and so goes the story of A Thread of Sky, the debut novel by Deanna Fei, who joins us in the studio.

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