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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

CSEAS Lecture Series. Film-screening of Ghost Tape #10 followed by a Q&A with the Director

Sean David Christensen, film director
Friday, February 12, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
At this CSEAS Lecture Series, we will screen the film "Ghost Tape #10," which will follow with a Q&A with the Director Sean David Christensen.

Free and open to the public. Please register at

Film Synopsis:

Created by the U.S. Army during the American War in Viet Nam, Ghost Tape #10 was one of many audiotapes engineered to psychologically intimidate and demoralize the North Vietnamese Army through its depiction of the Buddhist afterlife. By re-examining this weaponization of religious belief, reflections on this artifact of American propaganda lead to meditations on relationships between the living and the dead, asking what truths, if any, still echo within this recording.

Film Director Bio:

Sean David Christensen (b. 1985) is a visual artist who works in music & film. His work has been featured at the Hammer Museum, San Francisco International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival & Pictoplasma Berlin. His films have screened at the Angelika Film Center, Phoenix Art Museum & the Musée des beaux-arts in Montréal. His artwork has been presented on Rolling Stone, and his experimental documentary The Duel, based on a true story by actress Lili Taylor, was named a Vimeo Staff Pick in 2018. Amy R. Handler of Moving Pictures has described his filmmaking as, “Brilliant...fragile & hypnotic,” and Sundance Award-winning director Jay Rosenblatt has described Christensen's short films as, “Evocative...they do what many short films fail to do, make you wish they were longer.” Christensen is a graduate of the Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California and lives & works in Los Angeles.

Film website:

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange. Contact
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, buddhism, center for southeast asian studies, Cseas Lecture Series, Film, Southeast Asia, vietnam, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of Anthropology