“Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South" will bring together Asian American filmmakers from the South to build a network.
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), along with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) and UNC-TV (Public Media North Carolina), are excited to present “Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South” with generous support from JustFilms and the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
The convening will bring together Asian American filmmakers from the South to build a network with the intention to connect with social justice, independent documentary, and cultural organizations in the region. A-DOC, the national Asian American documentary network, will also be a key partner in building this initiative as they are already working towards establishing a community of nonfiction makers across the country.
CAAM brings deep connections from its 38 years of work in the independent media field and a strong reputation for cross-community collaboration, bridging communities of color through the CPB-supported National Minority Consortia (NMC), to its premiere stature within the Asian American film festival community, connections to key public television and radio stations, and its membership in the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).
From the voices of first generation Southeast Asian producers reflecting on the consequences of Vietnam-era conflicts, to fresh and honest perspectives from Muslim American youth, to the enduring meaning of the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII and the Chinese Exclusion Act, CAAM is uniquely suited to work in concert with Asian American producers to bring Asian American social issue driven stories to light.