2019 MVA Thesis Films: World Premiere

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 2:00pm to 6:30pm

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School of Cinematic Arts - SCA (SCA), 112 - Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre
900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Save the date for the world premiere of seven new ethnographic documentaries produced in the one-year Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology program at the USC Center for Visual Anthropology. Topics of this year's thesis films include: First-generation college students of color studying animation; parent-child communication between Chinese international students (CIS) born under China's One Child Policy and their parents; polyamorous parenting in the United States; the ritual of Tefillin among Orthodox Jewish men in Los Angeles; traditional Filipino hand-tap tattooing; the culture of social service in a facility for homeless families in Santa Barbara; and the challenges of small farmers in the U.S., 80% of whom are seniors, facing retirement with uncertainly about who will take over their farms when it comes.

2019 MVA Thesis Films

  • Changing Hands: Land in Transition by Amanda Broder-Hahn
  • To Be Anything, Animating Possible Selves by Marissa Dimitrion
  • Polyamory in the Family: It Takes a Village by Maleia Mikesell
  • The Modern Day Mambabatok: Lane Wilcken and Filipino Tattooing in the Diaspora by Kayla Sotomil
  • Webs of Compassion by Rebecca Truszkowski
  • Obligation & Self: Chinese International Students and the One-Child Policy by Qihao Wang
  • Bind It As A Sign: Learning the Jewish Tefillin Ritual by Joshua Zepeda

Seating of viewers between films is permitted. There will be an intermission. 

Seating is limited. RSVP required.

For more information, please contact Professor Jennifer Cool / cool@usc.edu

Event Type

Arts, Film Screening, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Anthropology, Dornsife, visual anthropology, Documentary, Cinematic Arts, employees




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