By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

On Saturday April 9, at 4 p.m., St. HOPE’s Guild Theater will premier the award-winning feature documentary, Far East Deep South, produced by Larissa Lam and Baldwin Chiu.

“The film presents a very personal and unique perspective on immigration, race and American identity as it explores the seldom-told history of Chinese immigrants living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900,” the media release read. “The film not only highlights the struggles and perseverance of the Chinese, but explores the racial dynamics between the White, Black and Chinese communities and the added challenge of exclusionary immigration policies many families faced at that time.”

The documentary has won numerous awards from a diverse amount of film festivals, including: Cinequest, CAAMFest, Oxford Film Festival, and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. 

After the screening, TV journalist Darla Givens (CBS 13) will moderate a panel discussion with the film producers and Cassandra Jennings, St. HOPE’s president and CEO.

“In this critical time and focus on social injustice and Asian hate crimes, St. HOPE has partnered with the California Railroad Museum and the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival to bring together the African American and Asian American communities to watch the premiere of this deeply moving and unforgettable film and discuss topics  impacting minority communities today,” the media release read.

The screening is free, but registration is required at this eventbrite link. 

More information can be found at the Far East Deep South website.

Please contact Adrianne Hall, for any questions:, 916-207-8700.