On May 4th the documentary Among B-Boys premiered at the 27th Annual LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film’s premiere was so successful, it went home with the LAAPFF Feature Documentary Audience Award. Meganda Films wants to send a special Congratulations to Christopher Woon and RJ Lozada.
Began in the 1990’s with the first wave of Hmong youth in the California Central Valley coming of age as Hmong Americans. Director Christopher Woon’s short film in 2004 created through the Visual Communications Armed With A Camera Fellowship, documented a new movement of Hmong youth getting immersed in not only breaking/B-Boying, but also Hip Hop culture. It’s since become an hour long feature documentary focusing on two main story lines, that of B-Boy Sukie and the Velocity/Soul Rivals and twin brothers, Bboys Mpact and Villn of Underground Flow. The documentary takes us geographically from Merced, Fresno and Sacramento in the California Central Valley, to Long Beach, California to as far as Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s a multigenerational view of the impact B-Boying has had on the Hmong American community, the contributions made by these B-Boys, and the identities they are seeking to forge.
‘B’ sure to ‘B’ on the look out for Among B-Boys.