Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey
Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey
Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey
Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

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    • Directed by: Sofie Calderon
    • Released: 2022 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2017
Running Time: 90 min
Language: English
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Race Power and Privilege
      
     

Elizabeth Liang is a Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK). A CCK is a person who has lived in—or meaningfully interacted with—two or more cultural environments for a significant period of time during developmental years. Liang weaves humorous and moving stories about growing up abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms…
     
Our protagonist deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes that girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels "other" to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying yourself?
    
Humor is a great survival mechanism. And friends make all the difference.

         
Outstanding Achievement Award Winner at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 2018, Official Selection of the Mixed Asian Media (MAM) Fest 2021, 
    
    
      
"The students loved it. Highly recommend if you are looking for a film on identity, race, and culture. Elizabeth Liang’s reflections are familiar no matter where you grew up or how you define family!"  — Michelle Bezanson, PhD. Professor of Anthropology , Santa Clara University
      
"Funny, poignant, and sharp, with a sophisticated analysis of the intersections of identity...Not just moving, but illuminating...Her comic timing, flair for the telling detail, massive range of emotive ability, and willingness to wrench open the wounds we all have are what first strike the viewer. But what remains is the knowledge that we gain from all great art: we are not alone." — Wendy Laura Belcher, Ph.D. Professor of African Literature, Department of African American Studies and Department of Comparative Literature Princeton University
 
"Showed the film in my course... loved hearing students make connections to all of the various identity theories we have discussed and to hear them connect their own experiences to Lisa's life. Few portrayals of identity are able to connect the experiences of culture, race, sex, mobility, family, friendships, social status, and a sending organization in such clear and compelling ways." — Amy Jung, Ph.D. Lecturer at Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication University of Florida.
 
"I screened Alien Citizen for my class and they loved it! It inspired students to create their own material with courage." — Lynda Crawford, SUNY / Empire State College

      
About the filmmaker 

 

Elizabeth Liang (aka Lisa) is an actress, writer, producer, speaker, and workshop leader. Her one-woman show, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, toured internationally from 2013 to 2019. It is now an award-winning film available digitally and on DVD. Lisa has acted on stage, new media, television, and film. She is also a published essayist; co-host of the longest running podcast on the multiracial experience, Hapa Happy Hour; and an autobiographical storytelling workshop leader. She delivers keynotes on intercultural and inter-sectional storytelling. Lisa grew up in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, Egypt, and Connecticut. She graduated from Wesleyan University.

    

Sofie Calderon makes her directorial debut with ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey. Calderon is an award- nominated performer and theatre producer whose Los Angeles credits include Genet's The Maids (Stage 52, 4 NAACP Award nominations), Blade To The Heat (Stage 52 and The Coast Playhouse), The Evidence Room’s Ovation-nominated play Red Light, Green Light, and productions at Chalk Rep, the Court Theatre, and Wilshire Ebell. A graduate of UT at San Antonio, she also acts on film and television. Her television credits include Shameless, Bosch, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer (NBC with David Tennant), a recurring role on The Shield, Strong Medicine, Heroes, Star Trek, and several award-winning festival indie films. As a producer, Sofie is excited about her feature film projects.

      

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