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Crazy Rich Asians – Free Diversity Film Screening
May 10 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PMfree
See the cultural phenomenon back on the big screen in honor of AAPI Heritage Month.
Based on the best-selling novel series by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu (portrayed by Constance Wu in her breakout role) an American-born Chinese professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s (Henry Golding: Snake Eyes, Last Christmas) family and is surprised to discover they are among the richest in Singapore. The comedy drama touches on themes of privilege, family structure, respect for tradition and culture, and staying true to oneself. The film is widely credited for its star-studded cast (Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong) and for being one of the most accurate and romantic portrayals of love through differences in upbringing and culture.
Run time: 121 minutes
After the screening, Cheryl Washington goes Beyond the Story with Rebecca Sun, award winning Senior Editor of Diversity and Inclusion at The Hollywood Reporter. Rebecca says, for years Hollywood executives missed a huge opportunity by thinking audiences wouldn’t relate to Asian characters. But this film was an unprecedented success that created new possibilities for Asian actors. Moviegoers connect to the emotions of these crazy rich Asians as Rebecca tells us when recounting her own ups and downs on her trip to the alter. Will there be sequel? Cheryl and Rebecca talk about why its taking so long to get made. This interview can be seen following the screening in the theater or on our YouTube channel.
ABOUT THE HOST: CHERYL WASHINGTON
Cheryl Washington’s career spans over thirty years and across a variety of media. She’s best known for her trademark perky personality on FOX5’s award winning “Good Day New York,” as the entertainment and lifestyle anchor. Prior to working at FOX5, Washington spent a decade-long stint at CNN as a news and features executive producer, and entertainment correspondent on “Showbiz Today.” As one of the network’s original employees, Washington holds the distinction of being the first African-American celebrity interviewer on network television.