What did it mean to be Chinese in Black space during segregation? Following director Crystal Kwok’s personal journey of discovery, she digs into how her grandmother’s family navigated life as grocery store owners in the black neighborhood of Augusta, Georgia. The film weaves personal family stories with memories from the larger Chinese and Black communities, opening up uncomfortable but necessary conversations around anti-black racism and the deeply rooted structure of white power and Chinese patriarchy that contributed to this. Which fountain did the Chinese drink from? Where did they sit on the bus? An entrance into our connected histories we never knew or dared speak about as told through the woman’s lens.
The Charlotte Museum of History will screen this feature film, followed by a panel discussion about the Black and Asian experience in Charlotte. Light refreshments and catered food will be available for purchase.
This event is sponsored by our partners at the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and by North Carolina Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, www.nchumanities.org.
Mira Nair Rising Female Filmmaker Award, Harlem International Film Festival, NY 2022
Courage Award, DisOrient Film Festival, Eugene, Oregon 2022
Best Documentary Award, JXN Film Festival, Jackson Mississippi, 2022
Best Documentary Film, Georgia Film Festival, No. Georgia 2022
Best Documentary Award, Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Festival, Silicon Valley, CA 2022
Viewer’s Choice Award and Best Documentary Award, Black Cat Picture Show, Augusta, GA 2022
Runner-up Best Documentary, Denton Black Film Festival 2023