A New Documentary Exploring the Rise In Hate and Violence Against the AAPI Community, Premiering May 2022 on PBS
Follows the aftermath of the 2021 mass shooting in Atlanta and chronicles how the Asian American community came together to fight back against hate
(New York, January 18, 2022) – In March 2021, a 21-year-old white man murdered eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. The shooting was a watershed moment in a year of increasing violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). For many, the tragic events became a galvanizing moment and inspired an emerging collective identity and new political clout for AAPI communities. The WNET Group, home to New York’s flagship PBS station THIRTEEN, today announced the production of One Day In March (w.t.), a new one-hour documentary that will chronicle the troubling escalation of hate and violence against AAPI people and spotlight the movement to turn anger into action.
One Day in March (w.t.) will offer a conversation about race, class and gender. The film will take a deep dive into this critical moment of racial reckoning, explore the struggles and triumphs, progress and setbacks, discrimination and achievements of AAPI communities. One Day in March (w.t.) will premiere nationwide on PBS, pbs.org and the PBS Video App in May 2022.
“The tragedy of the Atlanta shootings and the events of the past two years has compelled a deep reflection within the community about our place in the American polity. It has galvanized the Asian American community to speak up and speak out.” said Titi Yu, Director of One Day in March (w.t.).
"We watched in horror and shock as vicious attacks on Asian Americans were caught on camera and we saw how this violence escalated to the killing of six women of Asian descent in the Atlanta shooting," said Gina Kim, Executive Producer of One Day in March(w.t.). “With this documentary we hope to examine this troubling escalation of racism against the AAPI community, pay respect to the lives lost and impacted by the violence, and champion those coming together to fight against the hate.”
“We are pleased to bring this critically important film to audiences nationwide,” said Lesley Norman, Executive Producer of National Programming for The WNET Group. “It is essential to our mission to present content that reflects and represents the experiences of people across our nation. We hope this film will help to advance social justice and understanding through education.”
The film is part of The WNET Group’s Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism, a public media reporting initiative about the roots and rise of hate in America and across the globe. To enrich One Day in March (w.t.), ExploringHate will also create a complementary five-part digital series about AAPI communities around the country.
One Day in March (w.t.) is a production of Repartee Films in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and The WNET Group. Gina Kim is executive producer and Titi Yu is director. For The WNET Group, Lesley Norman is executive producer and Stephen Segaller is executive-in-charge.
Support for One Day in March (w.t.) will be provided by the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF).
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