Blog posting written by Brittney Cooper (They/She), Cinema and Photography with Minors in Gender Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, '23, FLEFF Intern, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
Six hours straight of classes and plenty of internet connection fails marked my day before I hopped onto a Zoom call late at night. My clock read 10:00 PM for me, but for Dr. Marchetti it was early morning 11:00 AM.
Dr. Marchetti shared her knowledge and experience as a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong where she teaches film studies. She also published multiple books on film topics such as “Romance and the ‘Yellow Peril’: Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction” and “Citing China: Politics, Postmodernism, and World Cinema."
In our Zoom call, Dr. Marchetti most extensively spoke about the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures (CSGC) for which she is the director of. CSGC, as Dr. Marchetti explained, is devoted to doing research and work on globalization issues with Asia as the main focus. She describes CSGC as a center promoting interest in globalization and culture, “not only in the region, but how the region connects to the rest of the world”.
As a professor, film scholar, and director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures, Dr. Marchetti expresses her support for FLEFF and the opportunities that come with virtual panels.
While having known about FLEFF since its foundation, Dr. Marchetti has not had much opportunity to attend and participate in FLEFF due to living in Hong Kong. Yet, with the help of the virtual nature, Dr. Marchetti will be a moderator for two panels this year. Both panels will be devoted to Zhao Dayong, a Chinese filmmaker.
At the end of our conversation, I asked Dr. Marchetti if she had anything she wanted to say before the call ended. She replied that she is happy to see an important filmmaker, Zhao Dayong, highlighted in the festival as people in the United States do not often see films from cities other than Beijing or Shanghai.
Dr. Marchetti is “excited to be able to bring FLEFF in conversation with people here in Hong Kong."