The Donut King

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Available for screenings until

Aug 08, 2022

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United States of America

About the film

Everything you thought you knew about the donut begins with Ted Ngoy. This is the unlikely story of a Cambodian refugee arriving in America in 1975 and building a multi-million-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. This is a story about fate, love, survival, hard knocks, and redemption. It’s the rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an unlikely multi-million-dollar empire. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979 he was living the American Dream. But, in life, great rise can come with great falls.

Genre

Documentary

Runtime

1h 34m

Director

Alice Gu

Awards & recognition

Asian American International Film Festival 2020

Winner Emerging Director Award

Bentonville Film Festival 2020

Winner Jury Award Best Documentary

Mystic Film Festival 2020

Winner Jury Award Best Documentary Feature

SXSW Film Festival 2020

Winner Special Jury Award Documentary Feature

SXSW Film Festival 2020

Nominee SXSW Grand Jury Award Documentary Feature

Urbanworld Film Festival 2020

Winner Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary Film

What people are saying

It's a dizzying saga of ups and downs, and of one of this nation's most beloved sweet treats, and a fascinating tale of sacrifice, success, and hubris.

Alonso Duralde

TheWrap

Not only is it a fascinating portrait of this particular Cambodian refugee, Ted Ngoy, but it also is about the culture of doughnut shops in L.A., which are so iconic.

Claudia Puig

FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)

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