With the recent growing interest in Nella Larsen, we are proud to re-release our groundbreaking experimental short film on one of the least known figures of the Harlem Renaissance — a writer who gave us new ways of considering race during a brilliant, but tragically brief, career. Passing was created in 2004 when there existed a frustrating lack of visual documentation on her life. This experimental short is an attempt to introduce her to new audiences while reimagining the life of a mysterious woman whose life mirrored her art in its liminality.
Maya Han integrates the documentary form with techniques in experimental film, video art and installation. Through these hybrid strategies, she strives to expand the language and form of time-based work to give visibility to marginalized experiences. For the past twenty years Han has been committed to art as a form of activism, critically engaging with issues of race, gender, class, labor, migration and diasporic identities. Her screenings and exhibitions include the Harlem Film Festival, New York; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; LAXART Los Angeles; and the Pusan International Film Festival, Korea. She received her B.A. (English Literature) from City College of New York and her M.F.A. (Film/Video Art) from the University of California, Irvine and is based in Brooklyn.