Dr. Rowena Santos Aquino is a Lecturer of Film and Electronic Arts (FEA) and teaches courses on Film History, Documentary Film History & Theory, and international cinemas.
BA in English, Scripps College
MA in Cinema & Media Studies, UCLA
PhD in Cinema & Media Studies, UCLA
Armory Center for the Arts
Dr. Aquino’s areas of specialization are documentary film theory and international/transnational cinemas.
Within documentary film studies, Dr. Aquino is particularly interested in researching docufictionforms, alternative models of testimony and remembering that emphasize performance and embodiment, and questions of historiography in relation to image-making.
With respect to international/transnational cinemas, Dr. Aquino is drawn specifically to Asian documentary, cinemas,and cultures, and representations of cross-border movements and cross-cultural encounters, all with the view towards exploring comparative perspectives of witnessing.
Unremembering and Re-memberingthe Philippine-American War through the Composite Bodies of Reenactment [journal article], Verge: Studies in Global Asias: ForgettingWars, 5, 2 (Fall 2019): 132-155.
Music and the ‘Minor’: Musical Expression as Oral Testimony in the Films of Bahman Ghobadi[book chapter], Film Music and National Cinemas,GermánGil-Curiel(ed.), London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.