1990 - Claiming a Voice

Visual Communications held a world premiere screening of Arthur Dong's CLAIMING A VOICE: THE VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS STORY. 

CLAIMING A VOICE is a one-hour documentary chronicling the first twenty years of Visual Communications. Combining interviews with clips from over twenty Visual Communications films, this video traces the important role alternative media played in the Asian American movement. CLAIMING A VOICE shows how one grassroots organization survived budget cuts, Hollywood, and the collective process of the sixties to control their own images. The stories of Visual Communications members along with those of jazz fusion band Hiroshima, poet Lawson Inada, and actors Pat Morita and Mako are among the many in this documentary which reflect personal commitments to claiming a voice in media.