First Vote Documentary Q&A

Individual pictures of the 4 interviewees from the film.
October 27, 2020 - 4:00pm-4:30pm 

For a limited time (10/25/20-11/1/20) view the documentary First Vote, then attend the Q&A with local filmmaker, Yi Chen.

Email your questions for the filmmaker to ppayne@cityofberkeley.info or bring them to the live session. 

Film Description
Running time: 60 minutes
United States, 2020, English and Mandarin Chinese, with English subtitles

Please visit https://gooddocs.net/pages/berkeley-public-library-first-vote to sign up to get the streaming link starting 10/25/20 until 11/1/20 and watch the movie for free.

First Vote features a diverse cross section of politically engaged Chinese American voters: 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 long-haired journalist confronting Chinese Americans for Trump after moving to a battle ground state; and a University of North Carolina professor teaching about race and racism in the US. This is their story of first-time voting and electoral organizing from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms.

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 Yi Chen, is a Chinese immigrant and first-time voter herself. First Vote is a rare long-form look at the diverse Asian American electorate.

About Yi Chen, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Yi Chen is an independent filmmaker based in Washington, DC. She is a Soros Equality Fellow and DC Arts and Humanities Fellow. Her debut feature documentary First Vote is an official selection at the 2020 AFI DOCS, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, and more. The film opens in virtual cinema at HIFF, Carolina Theatre and Nightlight followed by America ReFramed broadcast premiere in the fall as part of WORLD Channel’s Your Vote 2020Initiative.

Email your questions for the filmmaker to ppayne@cityofberkeley.info or bring them to the live session.

Please click the link below to join the Zoom Q&A session with filmmaker Yi Chen on Tuesday, 10/27/20:
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