Directed by Jivan Atman
An act of performance, fractions and percentages; authenticity and lacking; a construction, a question — how is race understood and what does it mean to be one person of many peoples? BLASIAN NARRATIVES reaches out to ask and answer back, delving into the minutiae and broad strokes of life as mixed-race, black and Asian folks.
Director Jivan Atman lifts performance as testimony in a multimedia presentation that emerged from a collaboration between Stanford University, Morehouse and Spelman College students. Through monologue, conversation and spoken word, identities are unpacked and reconstructed, be they imposed or claimed, erased or recognized, out, enough, emergent. The writer-performers center their lives as primary text, interrogating the self as they move through pride, isolation and desire — in doing so, interrogating also the viewer.
A living and breathing work, BLASIAN NARRATIVES truly intertwines and unravels race and performance, holding to light the complexity of black and Asian relations in the United States, in tension and in solidarity. Witness the premiere screening and special live performance at OMCA — outloud, intimate and writ large.
— Andrew Yeung
Expected Guests in Attendance: Jivan Atman (Director), Marlon Booker (Subject)
Cinematographer: Steve Dabal, Jivan Atman
Editor: Tricia Torley, Jivan Atman
Cast: Marlon Booker, Julian Booker, Shiranthi Goonathilaka, Cenisa Gavin