THE PROBLEM WITH APU

2017 Alumni

Expected to Attend: Director/Producer Michael Melamedoff, creator/writer Hari Kondabolu, special guests Whoopi Goldberg, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Aparna Nancherla,

WORLD PREMIERE Hari Kondabolu has had a nemesis for nearly his entire life, someone who has plagued the stand-up comedian since he was a child, subjecting him to ridicule and racist comments: Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, better known as the Indian owner of the Kwik-E-Mart on The Simpsons. For Hari, Apu represents an outdated and offensive South Asian stereotype, made worse by being voiced by a white man, Hank Azaria. Hari sets out on a comedic quest to confront Azaria and make sense of the long-lasting cultural impact of his troublesome character.

 This screening is followed by an extended conversation moderated by Aisha Harris, Slate 

 

Section:

Centerstage

Themes:

Director: Michael Melamedoff
Producer: producers Michael Melamedoff, Michael J. Cargill, executive producers Michele Armour, Isaac Horne, David Martin, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, Hari Kondabolu
Cinematographer: Lara Aquel
Editor: Rebecca Beluk, Kristen Huntley
Running Time: 49
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2017