Mina Chow’s FACE OF A NATION Premieres Nov. 3

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Mina Chow’s FACE OF A NATION Premieres Nov. 3

October 23, 2017



A feature documentary film directed and produced by USC Architecture faculty Mina Chow, FACE OF A NATION: “What Happened to the World’s Fair?” will premiere November 3, 2017 at the ninth annual Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New York City.


A daughter of immigrants, Chow became fascinated with World’s Fairs when she saw pictures of her newly engaged parents at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.


Chow, also a licensed architect, began FACE OF A NATION in 2010 after she visited the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which was the first World’s Fair in China and hosted over 73 million visitors. She found the U.S. pavilion to be an uninspired disappointment, and the film explores the U.S.’s declining participation in World’s Fairs over the last 25 years and questions the country’s role in the world and perceptions of America’s image.


Chow raised over $300,000 in grants and donations to complete the film with interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty at the USC School of Architecture, USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.


The film’s West Coast premiere will be March 14–18, 2018 at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in downtown Los Angeles.