Faculty Curated Shorts
Thursday, January 30, 5:00 PM
The Mortician of Manila
2019, UK and Philippines, 25 minutes, Not Rated, Tagalog and English with Subtitles
With an introduction from Francis Tanglao Aguas, Professor of World Theatre and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies
Filipino mortician Orly manages and lives at a 24-hour funeral home, where he has a sobering perspective on the lives impacted by President Duterte’s “war on drugs.”
2018, USA, 7 minutes, Not Rated, English
Written, Produced, and Co-Directed by Desiree Cooper
With an introduction by Hermine Pinson, W&M Professor of English
One in four American women will have an abortion over a lifetime. That’s double the number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in a lifetime (one in eight). Yet, this staple of women’s reproductive health care remains shrouded in taboo and stigma. In this work of fiction, each line tells a different woman’s story, showing the complicated feelings and circumstances that surround abortion from the point of view of women.
Writer/Producer/Co-Director Desiree Cooper will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
About Desiree Cooper
Desiree Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, former attorney and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her debut collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book that has won numerous awards, including 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Cooper’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hypertext Review, Best African American Fiction 2010, and a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2019. In 2018, she wrote, produced and co-directed The Choice, a short film about reproductive rights and recipient of a 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Berlin Flash Film Festival, and Award of Merit from the Best Short Film Festival in Los Angeles. Cooper collaborated with the Dance Department at The College William & Mary to create a dance “Aloft” inspired by her feminist fiction which debuted in October, 2018.