2019 MVA Thesis Film World Premiere

Sunday, September 8

School of Cinematic Arts - SCI (SCI)
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Please 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.

The time and place of the screenings will be announced in August. Watch this space for updates! For more information, contact Jennifer Cool (cool@usc.edu).

2019 MVA Thesis Films (working titles)

  • Changing Hands: Aging Farmers and Land in Transition by Amanda Broder-Hahn
  • Storytellers by Marissa Dimitrion
  • Building the Village: A Look Inside Polyamorous Families by Maleia Mikesell
  • The Modern Day Mambabatok: Lane Wilcken and Filipino Tattooing in the Diaspora by Kayla Sotomil
  • A Portrait of Social Service by Rebecca Truszkowski
  • Obligation & Self by Qihao Wang
  • The Ties That Bind by Joshua Zepeda
Event Type

Arts, Film Screening, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Anthropology, Dornsife, visual anthropology





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