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The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands (review)

The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands (review) the contemporary pacific · 23:1 (2011) The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands. Documentary, 59 minutes, 35 mm, color/ blackand-white, 2009. Written, directed, and produced by Vanessa Warheit. Distributed by Horse Opera Productions. Available for screening or purchase through Transit Media: http://theinsularempire.blogspot .com/p/buy-dvd.html Posing the provocative question, "What is it like to be a colonial subject of the greatest democracy on Earth?" Vanessa Warheit's The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands encourages closer consideration of the complex and ongoing colonial history of the Chamorro people. The 2009 release of the documentary resurrects age-old questions about the cost of the relationship between the indigenous peoples of the Marianas and their present-day US administration. Shot entirely on location in the Marianas and including archival footage, such questions are placed within an "onthe-ground," contemporary context that remains largely relevant and accessible across generational, social, economic, and cultural lines. No longer are Chamorros framed simply as "colonial subjects" as they are so frequently in canonical texts. Rather, these subjects are afforded faces and names giving audiences an intimate and up-close look into contemporary life in the Marianas and the realities of modern colonialism in the region. Insular Empire takes on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 23 (1) – Mar 26, 2011

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the contemporary pacific · 23:1 (2011) The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands. Documentary, 59 minutes, 35 mm, color/ blackand-white, 2009. Written, directed, and produced by Vanessa Warheit. Distributed by Horse Opera Productions. Available for screening or purchase through Transit Media: http://theinsularempire.blogspot .com/p/buy-dvd.html Posing the provocative question, "What is it like to be a colonial subject of the greatest democracy on Earth?" Vanessa Warheit's The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands encourages closer consideration of the complex and ongoing colonial history of the Chamorro people. The 2009 release of the documentary resurrects age-old questions about the cost of the relationship between the indigenous peoples of the Marianas and their present-day US administration. Shot entirely on location in the Marianas and including archival footage, such questions are placed within an "onthe-ground," contemporary context that remains largely relevant and accessible across generational, social, economic, and cultural lines. No longer are Chamorros framed simply as "colonial subjects" as they are so frequently in canonical texts. Rather, these subjects are afforded faces and names giving audiences an intimate and up-close look into contemporary life in the Marianas and the realities of modern colonialism in the region. Insular Empire takes on

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Published: Mar 26, 2011

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