The Problem with Apu

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  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2017
  • Running time: 49 min
In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated,... read more
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In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minjaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla, Russell Peters, Sakina Jaffrey and Maulik Pancholy share poignant stories about their own experiences with Apu and the broader questions about the comedy and representation he evokes. With additional interviews with EGOT-winner Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Mallika Rao, and many more, THE PROBLEM WITH APU takes a humorous look at how even a beloved television series can have a blind spot.

Original Release

11/19/2017

Cast

Kal Penn Himself / Self
Hasan Minhaj Himself / Self
Dana Gould Himself / Self
Aasif Mandvi Himself / Self
Aziz Ansari Himself / Self
Utkarsh Ambudkar Himself / Self
Aparna Nancherla Herself / Self
Russell Peters Self
Sakina Jaffrey Self
Maulik Pancholy Self
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Michael Melamedoff

Cast

Kal Penn Himself / Self
Hasan Minhaj Himself / Self
Dana Gould Himself / Self
Aasif Mandvi Himself / Self
Aziz Ansari Himself / Self
Utkarsh Ambudkar Himself / Self
Aparna Nancherla Herself / Self
Russell Peters Self
Sakina Jaffrey Self
Maulik Pancholy Self
Whoopi Goldberg Herself / Self
W. Kamau Bell Himself / Self
Noureen DeWulf Herself / Self
Sheetal Sheth Herself / Self
Hari Kondabolu Himself / Self
Ajay Naidu Self
Samrat Chakrabarti Self
Shilpa Dave Self
Vivek Murthy Self
John Ortved Self - author of 'The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History'

Producers

Hari Kondabolu Executive Producer
Michele Armour Executive Producer
Isaac Horne Executive Producer
David Martin Executive Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Marissa Ronca Executive Producer
Michael J. Cargill Producer
Michael Melamedoff Producer
Shawn Rubin Producer
Jon Sheflin Producer
Cletus McKeown Producer

Editors

Rebecca Beluk, Kristen Huntley

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