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Documentaries tell stories that often shed light on issues affecting communities of color that are often overlooked. The San Diego Asian Film Festival recently wrapped on its 19th year, and as in years past, brought local audiences documentaries spanning the Asian diaspora. Origin Story is an exceptional story of one woman’s quest to uncover a long held family secret. San Diego Asian Film Festival jurors awarded Origin Story with the Special Jury Award at the Festival’s Gala earlier this month.

Origin Story follows Kulap Vilaysack as she revisits her childhood as the daughter of Lao refugees in Minnesota. Vilaysack, a podcast host, writer, and actress in Los Angeles travels to her childhood home in Minnesota for answers to lingering questions about her family’s past and the identity of her biological father. After enduring years of emotional and physical abuse, Vilaysack confronts her mother…

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