Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair? (2019)

Daughter of immigrants, a 1st generation architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World's Fairs.


Mina Chow


Mina Chow

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Updated: 21 June 2019
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Cast overview:
Frank Gehry ... Himself (rumored)
Jack Masey Jack Masey ... Himself (rumored)
Mina Chow ... Herself
Barton Myers Barton Myers ... Himself (rumored)
Barry Howard Barry Howard ... Himself (rumored)


For generations of Americans, World's Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow became fascinated with World's Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Beginning with their stories, Mina shares their legacy and American values that inspired her to become an architect. She is excited to go to the 1st World's Fair in China. With over 73 million visitors, the Shanghai World Expo breaks all attendance records for any event in human history. But what she discovers there not only destroys her confidence as an American architect; it is symptomatic of a country that has lost its way. Her dream destroyed Mina begins a search for answers - to find out what happened to the vision of World's Fairs and also - what happened to America. Written by Mina Chow

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English | Mandarin

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December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Face of a Nation See more »

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China See more »

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Color (HDV)

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16:9 HD
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A talk about American Diplomacy
13 April 2018 | by KZtoubiSee all my reviews

This movie asks a critical question at a time that requires us to re-examine our generation's values. What does our American "face" look like to the outside world? What are we proud of as Americans? How come we can't get our government to be outward looking? This film sparks these types of conversations and it is at a crucial time to start talking about these issues.

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