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    UA professor contributes to AZ International Film Festival

    UA professor Nicole Koschmann will be showing her film “”Black, White, and Yellow”” as part of the Arizona International Film Festival next week.

    Koschmann, an assistant media arts professor, spent 12 years on the film, which is a personal documentary shot in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Chicago. The documentary depicts the relationship between Koschmann and her sister, who is half-black and half-Chinese and was adopted by Koschmann’s white family. The women grew up in Tokyo before moving to a black neighborhood in Chicago, Koschmann said.

    “”It’s about race, ethnicity, nationality and sisterhood,”” she said of the film.

    Even though she and her sister had different experiences, they dealt with the same issues, Koschmann said. “”She was questioning whether she was black, Japanese or American, and I was questioning whether I was Japanese or American,”” she said.

    It’s about race, ethnicity, nationality and sisterhood.

    Nicole Koschmann,
    UA professor

    “”Black, White, and Yellow”” debuted at the Arizona Black Film Showcase in Phoenix, and it will be shown at the Athens Film International Film Festival in Greece.

    The Arizona International Film Festival will also feature “”A Dream In Doubt,”” a
    documentary about the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, an Indian sikh who was the victim of a hate crime just days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The film follows Sodhi’s brother, Rana Singh Sodhi, as he promotes equality and understanding, said Giulio Scalinger, a spokesman for the Arizona Media Arts Center, which is presenting the festival.

    “”These Sikhs came here from India escaping persecution, but they were persecuted here as well,”” Scalinger said.

    The 16th Arizona International Film Festival runs from Friday through April 29. For information on the films, ticket prices and locations, visit

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