First Vote

Directed by Yi Chen

Cast: Jennifer Ho, Kaiser Kuo, Lance Chen, Sue Googe

First Vote is a character-driven vérité documentary with unparalleled access to a diverse cross section of politically engaged Chinese Americans: a gun-toting Tea Party-favorite candidate courting GOP votes in the South; a podcaster in Ohio who became a citizen in order to vote for Trump; a progressive journalist confronting Chinese Americans for Trump after moving to a battleground state; and a University of North Carolina professor teaching about race and racism in the U.S.. The film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, and explores the intersection of immigration, voting rights, and racial justice. Until 1952, federal law barred immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. More than 11 million Asian Americans will be able to vote in 2020. Directed by Soros Equality Fellow, Yi Chen, a Chinese immigrant and first-time voter herself, First Vote is a rare long-form look at the diverse Asian American electorate.

Previous Screening: AFI DOCS, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Houston AAPI Film Festival, Nevertheless Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival

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