2014 PBS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16 - JULY 31

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My Dear Americans | National Black Programming Consortium

7:05 mins

My Dear Americans | National Black Programming Consortium

7:05 mins

About the Film

An overly excited husband tries to cheer up his wife as they prepare to celebrate Fourth of July in their brand new home – complete with matching American flag T-shirts; but as the Indian-American couple adjust to life in the ‘burbs they are soon exposed to local ignorance and prejudice that threatens to dampen their spirits.

An Indian-American husband and wife adjust to immigrant life in an American suburb.

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About the Director

Arpita Kumar grew up in India and works as a filmmaker and professor in California. She makes films with her partner, Vineet Khosla, under the production banner of Arpita Kumar Talkies. She has worked internationally on films in Cuba, the U.K., Peru, Bolivia, India, and the U.S. Her award - winning films have screened internationally at numerous film festivals and venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, amongst others.

About the Producer

Minnie Chen grew up in South Pasadena, California as the only child of a charismatic TV producer/community advocate father and a pragmatic banker mother. Always a bit of a rebel with a cause, she took her degrees in Political Science, Social Ecology and Public Policy to help launch a highly-lauded public agency start-up getting better healthcare access to indigent populations. She later transitioned into television development working on shows such as Malcolm In The Middle, The Bernie Mac Show and The Shield. She later joined Universal Cable Productions to coordinate an ongoing slate of six current shows and 22 projects in development including USA Network’s Monk, Psych, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, Eureka and Syfy Network’s Battlestar Galactica. Chen currently resides in Venice, California and when she’s not producing or consulting on various projects, she’s writing the next great American screenplay and perhaps a television pilot or two.

Presented by the National Black Programming Consortium

Founded in 1979, the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online. Since 1991, NBPC has invested more than $10 million dollars in iconic documentary content for public media outlets, including PBS and PBS.org; trained, mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape. NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series.


My Dear Americans is presented with support from the Center for Asian American Media.

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