Damn if you can't see the passion in every single frame of this movie … and that the whole enterprise is invigoratingly personal.
—RogerEbert.com on Gook
Supported by Giant Robot
Winner of the NEXT Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
It’s 1992 in Los Angeles and Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, struggle to keep their father’s shoe store afloat. They’re the unlikely pals of Kamilla, a sassy, 11-year-old African American girl from the neighborhood, who ditches school to secretly hang out at their store. When Kamilla’s brother Keith discovers that she’s spending time with “those gooks,” he plots revenge on them. Meanwhile, on the day of the announcement of the Rodney King verdict, larger acts of violence loom as the LA riots move closer to their world.
Gook could be an independent film from the early 1990s, but the perspective on and insight into race relations between Korean Americans and African Americans in Los Angeles are more relevant than ever, 25 years after the fact. With humor, heart, and scrappy immediacy, writer/director/lead actor Justin Chon re-centers this moment in history to tell a story about a first generation of Korean Americans amid the chaos and complexity of a multiracial LA, where everybody is looking to survive on their own terms and their own values.
Director: Justin Chon
Screenwriter: Justin Chon
Cast: Justin Chon,
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Convo w/ Ava DuVernay
Presented by FilmL.A., Inc.
Ava DuVernay will join director Justin Chon for a conversation following the screening.
Ava DuVernay directed the award-winning documentary 13th and acclaimed historical drama Selma, in addition to TV series Queen Sugar and Disney’s upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, and she also helms the film collective Array to amplify the work of women and people of color.