Seven years in the making, the documentary 'Face of a Nation' by architect and senior lecturer at the USC School of Architecture Mina Chow will premiere November 3 in New York at the Architecture & Design Film Festival.
"Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs. For generations of Americans, World’s Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow became fascinated with World’s Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Beginning with their stories, Mina shares this legacy and the American values that inspired her to become an architect. She is excited to go to the 1st World's Fair in China. With over 73 million visitors, the Shanghai World Expo breaks all attendance records for any event in human history. But what she discovers there not only destroys her confidence as an American architect; it is symptomatic of a country that has lost its way. With her dream destroyed, Mina begins a search for answers … to find out what happened to the vision of World’s Fairs ... and what happened to America."
I am honored to contribute footage from the EXPO Milano 2015 glimpses to this project and I wish Mina all the best to her movie.
The documentary will also be showed in Los Angeles March 14-18, 2018.