|Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution|
|An American imperialist who became president of Nicaragua.|
Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution (Kathryn Ramey, United States/Nicaragua, 2009; 33 min.) This film explores a now-obscure American expansionist, William Walker, who through military force and coercion became president of Nicaragua in 1856. Walker was one of many expansionists who believed it was America's Manifest Destiny to conquer all of the Americas and who engaged in border raids in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Filmmaker Kathryn Ramey blends found footage, documentary photography, ethnographic inquiry, and personal travelogue with experimental film techniques such as hand-processing, optical printing, and time-lapse to detour and derail the various approaches to historymaking that have been applied to this story.
Watch the trailer here.