Joua Lee Grande is a Minneapolis-based filmmaker determined to shed light on underrepresented experiences and truths. She is currently a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and was a 2019 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellow. In addition to her independent work, she edits the news at a local news station and teaches media to community members and youth in the Twin Cities. Bao Nguyen is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who has directed, produced, and shot a number of short and feature films (BE WATER, LIVE FROM NEW YORK!) that have played in prestigious festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, IDFA, Berlin and museums including MoMA and the Smithsonian. He was a PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow, an alumnus of the Berlinale Talents, and a Firelight Media Fellow. He earned his BA at NYU and his MFA at SVA.
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.