Re-orienting the Oriental Theatre


WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Oriental Theatre, 2230 N Farwell Ave

In 2018 Milwaukee Film took over operations of the historic Oriental Theatre, a nearly century-old lavish theater palace whose design and name are prime examples of the concept of Orientalism. As part of the Festival’s focus on representation, identity, and inclusion, we invite you to join us for a frank panel discussion (featuring Adam Carr and Nancy Wang Yuen) speaking to the historical use of “Oriental” in American culture and cinema, kicking off a multi-year interrogation of our cinema’s name and decor.


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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