Filmmakers in attendance.
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, writer Jeff Chang adapts and updates the ideas explored in We Gon’ Be Alright into a new digital series for PBS Digital/Indie Lens Storycast. With the new dimensions of racial resegregation in the United States of the 21st century, communities of color fall within the traps of resegregation along economic and racial lines. As our nation becomes more brown, an opposite effect is happening with a racial divide that is widening and becoming more inequitable.
In the four episodes presented in this program, issues explored are—the tech boom gentrification and entitlements that displace communities of color in East Palo Alto; an update on diverse representation in front of the screen in Hollywood in a post-CRAZY RICH ASIANS and BLACK PANTHER world; academic diversity is at risk as vocal APA groups are waging war to end affirmative action; and the invention of “Whiteness,” intersectionality and when to code switch, either for privilege or solidarity.
Ultimately, WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT poses the following questions: How, over the last half century, did we fall from a consensus for racial justice into renewed separation and polarization? How can Americans come together in ways that offer hope beyond the divide?
The screening of the first season will be followed by a panel discussion by the producers of the show.
Nancy Yuen (Moderator)
Nancy Wang Yuen is a sociologist and writer. She is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism and co-author of Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television. She has appeared on Dr. Phil, BBC World TV, Teen Vogue, New York Times, and Washington Post among others. She is a guest writer at Elle, HuffPost, and Remezcla.
Bao Nguyen (Director/Producer)
Bao Nguyen is an award-winning filmmaker whose past work has been seen in the New York Times, HBO, NBC, Vice, ARTE, and PBS, among many others. He was the producer and cinematographer of NUOC 2030, a feature narrative set in near future Vietnam which opened the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and was a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Award. Bao’s feature documentary debut, LIVE FROM NEW YORK, celebrated 40 years of the American TV show Saturday Night Live, was selected as
the Opening Night Film of the Tribeca Film Festival, and broadcast nationally in primetime on NBC, preceding the 41st season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
Jeff Chang (Writer/Producer)
Jeff Chang is the Vice President for Narrative, Arts and Culture at Race Forward. His books include Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America, and We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and the winner of the Asian American Literary Award. He was selected by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero and recently named to the Frederick Douglass 200.
Kimmie Kim (Showrunner/Producer)
Kimmie Kim is one of the most sought-after executive producers working in live variety television today, working on some of the most high-profile shows in the industry including the telethon Hope for Haiti, the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Academy Awards. In 2015, Kimmie produced the acclaimed documentary LIVE FROM NEW YORK! celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic show Saturday Night Live. The film premiered on the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival. Kimmie most recently served as Producer on the film SONGWRITER, a documentary that shares an intimate look at the songwriting process of leading artist Ed Sheeran which made its world premiere at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
Sahra Nguyen (Co-Producer)
Sahra Nguyen created two documentary series for NBC Asian America: SELF-STARTERS, which profiles five Asian American trailblazers around the country, and DEPORTED, which follows the grassroots fight to end deportation. DEPORTED won the 2018 National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Award for Best Digital Media, Long Form. In her latest venture, Nguyen is the founder of Nguyen Coffee Supply (NCS), the first importer, roaster, and distributor of specialty Vietnamese coffee in the United States.