“A-Town Boyz” Documentary Explores Growing Up Working Class Asian American in the South
A Town Boyz, a documentary feature being shot in Atlanta is seeking funding to finish the film. It’s crowdfunding campaign can be found here.
This film focuses on the rarely seen world of working class Asian immigrants in the South. The trailer and clips look quite compelling. Spike Lee has signed on as a Producer. Do take a moment and review. See below.
A-Town Boyz is a feature-length documentary about the growing up experiences of Asian American men in Atlanta, Georgia, and the lure of gang life for youths who struggle to integrate into society. It gives a rare insight into the lives of second generation immigrants who do not fit into the privileged ‘tiger’ class, grappling with complex questions about ethnicity and assimilation, lack of opportunity and a life of crime. Delving deep into the underground Asian gang culture of Atlanta, the film shows how non-achievers turn to gang life to find a kinship they never knew at home or school, and a means to make money they never had. In so doing, it captures an edge of frame world that explodes popular stereotypes of Asian Americans as people who are ‘good at math and play the violin.’ It is a bold and provocative film that offers real intimacy of experience, forcing the viewer to think about these issues through a human lens.