The Donut King

Alice Gu, José Nuñez, Mayly Tao, Kulap Vilaysack, Andrew Hem
Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Series
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 to Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 pm
RSVP Required

Walk into one of the hundreds of donut shops in Southern California – the land of glitz also happens to be the country’s donut capital – and odds are it’s Cambodian-owned and operated. That traces to one remarkable man, Bun Tek “Ted” Ngoy, who escaped his homeland’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime to build an Orange County-based empire and gain fame as the Donut King. 

It’s a journey that epitomized the American Dream … before hitting heartbreak. 

Through interviews and archival and contemporary footage, Ngoy’s rags-to-riches story is compellingly told in the award-winning 2020 documentary The Donut King, which is featured in the latest online installment of the Indie Lens Pop-Up cinema initiative. The 90-minute film is screened, and director Alice Gu and producer José Nuñez headline a live-chat discussion that follows. Among those joining them is Ted Ngoy’s niece, Mayly Tao, who operates DK's Donuts & Bakery in Santa Monica, California, and a delivery-only donut bouquet concept, Donut Princess LA.   

The online event is co-presented by the Center for Asian American Media in collaboration with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Justice in San Antonio, Texas; the Bud Werner Memorial Library; city of Mesa (Arizona) Community ServicesConnecticut Public TelevisionGeorgia Public BroadcastingGlobal Peace Film Festival; PBS station KIXE in Redding, California; KQED in San Francisco; National Educational TelevisionNebraska's PBS & NPR stationsPanhandle PBS/KACV in Amarillo, Texas; PBS Hawaiʻi; the Tillotson Center in Colebrook, New Hampshire; WSIU Public Broadcasting in Carbondale, Illinois; and the Yale Film Archive. Support comes from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS

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