Director/producer Kimberlee Bassford combines her love for storytelling with her background in journalism to bring underrepresented stories from the Pacific to the world. She is currently in production on several feature-length and short documentaries and previously directed and produced the documentaries WINNING GIRL (2014, The World Channel, Women Make Movies/Java Films), PATSY MINK: AHEAD OF THE MAJORITY (2008, PBS, Women Make Movies) and CHEERLEADER (2003, HBO Family, Documentary Educational Resources) and was a producer on two national PBS documentary series. Kimberlee’s films have been supported by the Sundance Institute, CNN, PBS, ITVS, CAAM, PIC, IDA, Film Independent, Fund for Investigative Journalism, Women in Film, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, and more. Academy and Emmy Award winner Freida Lee Mock is a director, writer and producer of theatrical documentary films. Her 5 Academy Award nominations include the winner Maya Lin: A Strong Vision, about creativity and the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Freida received the AFI Guggenheim Honor and the Arts and Advocacy Award from the Western Center on Law and Poverty. Her newest film is RUTH – Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words.
While we’ve seen the rise of anti-Asian racism, we’ve also seen the rise of solidarity efforts within Asian American communities, with Asian-Black solidarity movements, and with other BIPOC communities. Here are seven documentary shorts that reflect this moment in time as our community grapples with grief and how to rebuild our lives to make room for more joy and hope. This is a co-production with A-DOC and WORLD Channel.