The Donut King

The Donut King (2020)

An immigrant story with a (glazed) twist, The Donut King follows the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who arrived in California in the 1970s and, through a mixture of diligence and luck, built a multi-million dollar donut empire up and down the West Coast” –PBS

District Grade:A-
District Category:Classic
Sub-Genres:Money, Business, People, Food
Run Time:90 Mins
The District Categories: Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre), Skip It (not worth your time)

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A story of immigration, assimilation, prejudice, and who gets access to the American Dream—and what happens when you achieve it—The Donut King is also about how the American Dream gets handed down and evolves from one generation to the next: the film includes the current generation of Cambodian donut shop owners and the ways they have been inspired by and diverged from their parents and grandparents before them” –PBS


The District’s Quick Hits

Awards:Documentary Feature (Asian American International Film Festival), Best Documentary (Bentonville Film Festival), Best Documentary Feature (Mystic Film Festival), Best Documentary Feature (San Diego Asian Film Festival), One in a Million Documentary (Sun Valley Film Festival), Special Jury Award (SXSW Film Festival), Grand Jury Award (Urbanworld Film Festival)
Where To Stream:Hulu, PBS
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:97% (Tomatometer), 90% (Audience)
Director:Alice Gu
Starring: Ted Ngoy, Mayly Tao
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The Donut King

90 Minutes
Final Grade: A-
Now Streaming On: Hulu ($)


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