aka Don Bonus is a raw and revealing video diary by a Cambodian-born teenager who turns the camera on himself. Under the guidance of veteran filmmaker Spencer Nakasako, Sokly Don Bonus Ny offers a stark look at coming of age in San Francisco’s inner city where he confronts the reality of the American Dream.
…[a] raw, tightly edited video diary…KELLY LOVES TONY is a rare glimpse into the lives of two young Asian-Americans whose tale is a real and moving slice of American life. — The Associated Press
She’s a straight-A student; he’s trying to leave gang life behind. A camcorder becomes both witness and confidante for these markedly singular yet utterly typical teens as they self-document the trials of growing up too fast and too soon in urban America. Nakasako deftly guides this video diary of a young Southeast Asian couple wrestling with the demands of parenting, love, dreams and disillusionment in the nebulous cultural zone between first and second generation immigrant life in the 1990s.