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Monday, December 4, 2023 7pm

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24 Quincy St.
Mon., Dec. 4, 2023, 7 – 8:45 p.m.

Live Musical Accompaniment, Recently Restored. Considered lost until its discovery in 2016, The Oath of the Sword was produced in 1914 by a company described by Moving Picture World as the “first company in America to be owned, controlled and operated by Japanese.” Based in Los Angeles, the Japanese American Film Company was among several similar independent film companies established by Japanese immigrants during a period when the American film industry had yet to become Hollywood as we know it. The Oath of the Sword is the earliest known Asian American film production and illuminates a largely unknown chapter in American film history. The film tells the story of young lovers separated as the ambitious young man, Masao, leaves his lover Hisa to study abroad. Left to care for her ailing father and unable to cope with her solitude, Hisa betrays Masao and marries another man.

Gazette Classification: Diversity and Inclusion, Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Speaker(s): Denise Khor in conversation with Alexander Zahlten
Cost: $10 / $8 seniors & non-Harvard students / Harvard Affiliates
Ticket Web Link: harvardfilmarchive.org…
Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu
More info: harvardfilmarchive.org…

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