We Gon' Be Alright

Inspired by Jeff Chang’s acclaimed collection of essays, this series asks the questions: why and how did we become so divided? What can we do now to be alright?

 Isaiah Phillips a.k.a. Randy McPhly
Indie Lens Storycast
Premiere Date
May 14, 2019
34:26 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Open Call

Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen (Producer/Director) is a Vietnamese American filmmaker whose past work has been seen in the New York Times, HBO, NBC, Vice, ARTE, and PBS, among many others. He has directed, produced, and shot a number of short films, which have played internationally in numerous festivals and museums including MoMA and the Smithsonian. His graduate thesis Show more film, Julian, won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Best Student Documentary Short at the Palm Springs ShortsFest, Special Jury Prize at DOCNYC, and was nominated for an IDA Award. He was the producer and cinematographer of Nuoc 2030, a feature narrative set in near future Vietnam which opened the Panorama section of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and was a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Award. His feature doc directorial debut, Live From New York opened the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast nationally in primetime on NBC, preceding the 41st season premiere of Saturday Night Live. He is a 2011 PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow, an alumnus of the 2012 and 2014 Berlinale Talent Campus, and a Firelight Media Fellow. He earned his BA at NYU and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Show less

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The Film

Inspired by Jeff Chang’s critically acclaimed collection of essays, this digital series that explores the social divide over race in the 21st Century United States. We will discover a nation of historically unprecedented diversity becoming more separate and more unequal. Each episode examines a different aspect of a profound puzzle: Silicon Valley resegregation, Hollywood images, Harvard admissions, and more. The series asks the questions: why and how did we become so divided? What can we do now to be alright?