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Sandra Oh to narrate PBS documentary ‘Rising Against Asian Hate’

  • Korean Canadian actor Sandra Oh is set to narrate PBS’ documentary “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March.”
  • The documentary, produced by Repartee Films LLC in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), examines “the rise of anti-Asian racism and documents a growing movement to fight back and stop the hate” following the events of the 2021 Atlanta spa shootings.
  • “The tragedy of the Atlanta shootings and the events of the past two years have compelled a deep reflection within the community about our place in the American polity. It has galvanized the Asian American community to speak up and speak out," director Titi Yu said in a recent press release.
  • “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March” is set to premiere on Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS.

Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh has been tapped to narrate “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March,” a PBS documentary exploring the rising anti-Asian hate in the United States following the 2021 spa shootings in Atlanta that left eight people dead.

The documentary, which will premiere on Oct. 17, examines “the rise of anti-Asian racism and documents a growing movement to fight back and stop the hate” following the events of last year’s Atlanta spa shootings where six Asian women were killed.

New PBS documentary narrated by Sandra Oh explores Atlanta spa shootings and rise of anti-Asian hate

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  • “Rising Against Asian Hate,” narrated by Sandra Oh, honors the victims of the March 16, 2021, shooting and delves deep into the rise of anti-Asian racism and the activism that fights to stop the hate.
  • The one-hour documentary features interviews with Robert Peterson, the son of Yong Ae Yue, who was killed in the Atlanta spa shootings.
  • Politicians, including former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6) and others, are also featured in the documentary.
  • “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March” is set to premiere on Oct. 17.

A new documentary which explores the continued violence against the AAPI community two years after the shooting spree at three Atlanta spas that left eight people dead, including six Asian women, will be narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Sandra Oh.

“Rising Against Asian Hate” honors the victims of the March 16, 2021, shooting and delves deep into the rise of anti-Asian racism and the activism that fights it.

Trailblazing Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres says he’s no ‘Asian American role model’

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  • NextShark sat down with legendary journalist Ben Fong-Torres, who gained worldwide recognition for his work as an early writer for Rolling Stone magazine, to talk about his documentary, “Like a Rolling Stone: the Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres,” which chronicles his career spanning from the ‘60s to today.
  • He explains that “it’s not a rock doc, it’s not a Chinese American story,” but a “recollection” of ‘60s protest, referring to the wild decade of rock and roll, fight for civil rights and war.
  • The documentary took director Suzanne Joe Kai over ten years of research and compiling footage of past interviews to complete.
  • Fong-Torres is heavily credited with shaping and bringing Rolling Stone to the level of prestige it is widely recognized for today, even while he insists he is no Chinese American role model.

Legendary journalist and renowned former Rolling Stone magazine journalist Ben Fong-Torres explains that his new Netflix documentary is “not a rock doc, it’s not a Chinese American story” but rather a “recollection” of 1960s protest.

The ’60s marked a significant period in American history, with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the civil rights movement, among others. This war-ridden period also saw some of history’s greatest musical talents, with Elvis Presley and the Beatles dominating the charts.

‘Free Chol Soo Lee’ documentary trailer investigates racial profiling of innocent man on death row

  • A trailer released on Wednesday for the upcoming Sundance documentary “Free Chol Soo Lee” investigates the racial profiling of Chol Soo Lee, a Korean American death row inmate wrongfully accused of a gang-related murder in the ‘70s.
  • Co-directed by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi, “Free Chol Soo Lee” will feature firsthand interviews with activists and archival footage to capture Lee’s legacy around five decades after the event that united Asian Americans to free an innocent man.
  • “[K.W. Lee’s] series of stories helped trigger a landmark movement to free a wrongfully convicted man from death row,” Ha told IndieWire. “You pay attention, and it actually changes your whole world view and what might be your purpose in life. We just decided to dig in and excavate the story because we just knew it was too important not to be known.”
  • “Free Chol Soo Lee” will premiere at the IFC Center in New York City on Aug. 12, and a one-night-only simulcast screening event is also being planned by MUBI in more than 180 locations across the country during what would have been the week of Lee’s 70th birthday.
  • The Sundance documentary will start premiering in theaters on Aug. 19.

A trailer released on Wednesday for the upcoming Sundance documentary “Free Chol Soo Lee” investigates the racial profiling of Chol Soo Lee, a Korean American death row inmate wrongfully accused of a gang-related murder in the ‘70s.

The documentary will dive into Lee’s case after he was arrested and convicted of killing Yip Yee Tak in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1973, according to IndieWire.

’38 at the Garden’: Jeremy Lin says he cried, was ‘blown away’ after watching new doc on ‘Linsanity’

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Basketball superstar Jeremy Lin was moved to tears while watching “38 at the Garden,” a documentary highlighting the “Linsanity” phenomenon that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday.

Directed by Frank Chi, “38 at the Garden” revisits Lin’s cultural impact after he kicked off the “Linsanity” phenomenon. During the 2011-2012 NBA season, the former Taiwanese American athlete turned the New York Knicks’ score around during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden, scoring a total of 38 points.

New documentary on Sihui Fang, Albuquerque spa owner who died fighting off robbers, in the works

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A documentary filmmaker is taking on the story of Sihui Fang, a spa owner in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who died earlier this year after fighting off armed robbers.

Fang, 45, was shot and killed on the night of Jan. 24 inside her spa, Wonderful Massage. According to local authorities, Fang was involved in a shoot-out with murder and robbery suspects Juan Carlos Hernandez, 18, and Jorge Rivera-Ramirez, 19.

‘Man On The Run’ documentary about Jho Low, 1MDB fugitive who stole $4.5 billion, begins production

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  • A documentary titled “Man on the Run” highlighting the life of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1DMB) fugitive Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, has begun production in London.
  • The documentary, directed by Cassius Michael Kim (“The Wonder List With Bill Weir”), will focus on Low’s affluent upbringing, his studies at elite international schools, his Hollywood connections and the 1MDB scandal.
  • “Through interviews with previously unheard sources and original reporting, our film will be the definitive accounting of this saga as well as an indictment of the global capitalist system and its inability to regulate itself in the face of avarice and corruption,” Kim said.
  • Low has been on the run since the U.S. and Malaysian governments charged the financier with conspiring to launder billions of dollars, with some reports suggesting he now resides in China.
  • An official release date for “Man on the Run” has not yet been announced.

A documentary centering on Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, the alleged mastermind behind the billion-dollar 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraud, has begun production in London.

The documentary, titled “Man on the Run,” will shine a light on the life of the now 40-year-old Low, from his growing up in a rich family on Penang Island in Malaysia to his studies in elite schools, such as Harrow School in London and the Wharton School of Business in the United States, to his Hollywood connections and the 1MDB scandal, according to Deadline.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides white horse, limps in new documentary celebrating his achievements

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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can be seen riding a white horse in a new documentary that celebrates his 2021 accomplishments.
  • It does not go into specifics about the country’s recent “hardships,” but North Korea faces food shortages during a drought and floods and has closed its borders to keep COVID-19 at bay.
  • "This video showed his motherly side where he completely dedicated his own body to realize people's dreams," the narrator is quoted as saying.

Kim Jong-un can be seen riding a white horse in a new documentary that celebrates his purported accomplishments in 2021, including conducting more missile tests, visiting a construction site and identifying ways to stop the spread of the pandemic.

The 110-minute film was broadcast in North Korea on Tuesday and showed the hermit kingdom leader addressing the nation’s “worst-ever hardships,” Reuters reported. It also showed Kim riding on a white horse into the sunset on a beach.

‘Who Killed Vincent Chin’ documentary restored and preserved for history by National Film Registry

The 1987 documentary film “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” was recently inducted into the National Film Registry (NFR) of the Library of Congress this year.

A film honor: The documentary, directed by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña and produced by Detroit Public TV and Film News Now, explores the case of Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat while out at his bachelor party with his friends in Detroit on June 19, 1982.

New documentary ‘Get Back’ proves Yoko Ono did not break up the Beatles

Documentary ‘Get Back’ proves Yoko Ono didn’t cause The Beatles’ breakup

A new documentary on the Beatles appears to vindicate Yoko Ono from long-standing allegations that she broke up the Fab Four.

Letting them be: Footage from the Disney Plus’ documentary “Get Back” indicates that the Japanese multimedia artist and activist was not a destructive presence during the development of the Beatles’ final album, “Let It Be.”

‘The Race Epidemic’ documentary wins prestigious ‘Golden Angel’ award for shining light on AAPI hate

The Race Epidemic,” the premier documentary on the recent rise of racism against Asian Americans during the COVID pandemic, has won the Best Documentary award at the 17th annual Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF). The documentary is currently raising funds on GoFundMe as it continues to seek nationwide distribution to raise awareness.

Earned recognition:The Race Epidemic,” produced by nonprofit organization Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation (APALF), won the prestigious Golden Angel award during the cultural event in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, according to a press release.