Academy Welcomes New Asian Members
“Having witnessed the tone-deaf jabs at Asians during the Oscars, compounded with the very recent, but century-long practice of whitewashing, yellow-face casting decisions by major film productions, we felt a need to come together over this integral part of our identities” –Arthur Dong.
Read the full Hollywood Reporter article: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscars-wake-controversy-academy-leaders-934266.
Dr. Haing S. Ngor: An Angry Asian Man
In his guest column for Angry Asian Man, filmmaker Arthur Dong writes: “I was startled to see such pronounced rage from an Asian refugee in white America. Thank you, Dr. Ngor, and to all the angry Asian men – and women – for bringing to light your stories of injustice..”
Read the full post: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2016/09/dr-haing-s-ngor-angry-asian-man.html
In September The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor launched DocWorld, a new weekly showcase bringing the best international documentaries from around the globe. Programmed by WGBH in association with PBS, the series will present an encore broadcast of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor on December 11, 2016 (check local listings @ http://worldchannel.org/schedule/localize/).
“At a time when the whitewashing of social justice movements, cinematic history, and contemporary movies remains so common, revisiting Arthur Dong’s work offers both comfort and food for thought.”
Read the full article: http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/09/06/arthur-dongs-documentary-films/.
CINE Golden Eagle Finalist Award
The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor was honored with a CINE Golden Eagle Finalist Award. The Jury commends: “Congratulations on this amazing achievement! Our reviewers and jurors had a tremendously difficult task to evaluate, winnow and select the very best—and most original—productions in each category, and many excellent and renowned productions didn’t make the cut in an extraordinarily competitive field.”
Bochan Performs Love Theme
Bochan performs the love theme from The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor in this music video featuring excerpts from the film. Written by Bochan with Arlen Hart, with special Khmer lyrics by Bochan Huy and Hay Rotana, Like A Rose beautifully captures the enduring love between Dr. Ngor and his wife despite horrific conditions under the Khmer Rouge.
KTLA News Report: Dr. Ngor’s Legacy
LOS ANGELES: Kimberly Cheng reports on the life and legacy of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. Her special KTLA News story features excerpts from The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor and interviews with director Arthur Dong and members of the Cambodian American community in Long Beach, California.
The Asian American Podcast Interview
Ken Fong interviews filmmaker Arthur Dong about his storied career of making documentaries on Asian Americans. They also discuss the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and Dong’s new film The Killing Fields Of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. The interview starts at 16 minutes.
Click here to download or to listen now.
Pride L.A. recognized filmmaker Arthur Dong as a member of the “pioneering community of LGBT people who blazed a trail that has resulted in many of the rights we enjoy today. They are our legacy and their good works have resulted in our heritage.” –Troy Masters, Editor. Click here to read the profile on Arthur Dong.
Art Deco Preservation Award
Filmmaker and writer Arthur Dong received the Art Deco Preservation award for his efforts to preserve the history captured in his documentary, exhibition and book Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs, 1936-1970. L-r: Art Deco Society of California Ambassador Joe DePietro, Dong, ADSC Preservation Director Therese Poletti, and Miss Art Deco 2016 Katherine Brookes. Click here for photos from the awards gala and ball.