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Activist group calls for awards boycott of ‘Licorice Pizza’ over its ‘egregious mocking of Asians’

Licorice Pizza

An Asian advocacy group wants to take Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” out of awards consideration over content it says is racist. 

A call for boycott: Media Action Network for Asian Americans has called for an awards boycott of the comedy-drama film due to specific scenes that it says blatantly ridicules Asians, reported The Wrap.  

Vietnamese Czech director rekindles relationship with her father through his prison letters in ‘Love, Dad’

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  • Nguyen’s short film “Love, Dad” was based on her strained relationship with her father and inspired by his old letters to her from prison.
  • The production of a personal story gave Nguyen a sense of freedom from her suppressed emotions.
  • “Love, Dad” was selected by several festivals and won multiple awards, including “Best Short Film” at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival.

Vietnamese Czech director Diana Cam Van Nguyen talked with NextShark about the inspiration behind the short film “Love, Dad” and how it has helped her own personal journey.

Letters of Love

“Love, Dad” is a short animated film based on Nguyen’s personal relationship with her physically and emotionally distant father.

‘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. 

Japanese American MMA Fighter and ‘Queen of Mean’ Miriam Nakamoto to Debut in Action-Romance Film

Miriam Nakamoto

MMA fighter and eight-time world champion Miriam Nakamoto, known as “The Queen of Mean,” is set to star in an action-romance movie.

About the film: The film, titled “Wildwood,” will feature Nakamoto as a young woman running from her mother and hitmen. She stumbles into a small town where she is mistaken for a local woman who mysteriously vanished years ago, according to Deadline

Golden Globes Slammed as ‘Racist’ for Placing ‘Minari’ as Foreign Language Film Over Best Picture


“Minari,” an A24 drama directed by Lee Isaac Chung, has been categorized as a foreign language film for the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards in February, and social media is accusing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of racism.

The HFPA has kept “Minari,” which won awards following screenings at the Sundance and Middleburg film festivals, from being nominated for the Best Picture categories, a similar decision faced by Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” last year.