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2018-2019 DOCUMENTARY

TORI
& Saymoukda

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in September, outside of Sun Foods, the Frogtown Farmers Market grows busier and busier. Vendors, farmers who are mainly immigrants or refugees, fill stands with foods from their homelands: bitter melons, persimmons, galangal root. Tori and Saymoukda weave through crowds of market goers and vendors, welcoming them to the space, inviting them to witness storyteller Winston’s journey and to recognize their own self within those stories.

TORI HONG

Tori Hong is a visual artist whose work investigates the threads between personal, intergenerational, and community healing. In order to create meaning out of the often ambiguous, disrupted, and generative spaces they occupy, Hong creates narrative-driven drawings, murals, and zines.

Some of the organizations Hong has worked with are: MPD150, Hope Community, and Minneapolis Institute of Art. In their free time, Hong likes to hike along the North Shore and cuddle their two cats.

SAYMOUKDA VONGSAY

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1984. Because of her unique background, her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production.

Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Playwrights Center Many Voices fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion fellow, a Theater Mu New Performance fellow, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies degree.

ARTIST TEAMS

REBEKAH & RODRIGO

TORI & SAYMOUKDA

DAMeuN & SAGIRAH

ANDREW & DALIYA

WISDOM & ALIA

TISH & KHARY

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