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A 109-year-old Japanese American film is finally getting a world premiere at the Academy Museum thanks to a Northeastern professor

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“The Oath of the Sword,” the earliest known Asian American film, never found an audience when it was released in 1914. Now, more than a century later, this historically significant silent film will, against all odds, get a world premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on May 28.

For Denise Khor, the Northeastern University associate professor of Asian American and visual studies who helped discover the film, thinking about what this moment means is enough to take her breath away.

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