The Problem with Apu

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The Problem with Apu


Friday Mar 09 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Michael Melamedoff and written by Hari Kondabolu. 2017. USA. 60 min.

Presented in collaboration with Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design.
Courtesy of truTV, A Time Warner Company.

In truTV’s The Problem With Apu, South Asian-American comedian Hari Kondabolu confronts his long-standing “nemesis”—Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Creator and star Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist nearly three decades later. The film features interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more. 

Special guest: Creator and writer Hari Kondabolu will give a post-screening Q+A. He is an artist in residence at Shangri La March 1-11. 

More Hari Kondabolu:  On March 8, see Hari’s stand-up act at Arts at Marks Garage, 7-10pm.

Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. He has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” He has released two comedy albums, Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic with the legendary indie rock label Kill Rock Stars and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show and has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. He currently co-hosts The Kondabolu Brothers Podcast with his brother Ashok. In 2017, he released his critically acclaimed documentary The Problem with Apu on truTV. A former immigrant rights activist in Seattle, Hari is a graduate of Bowdoin College and has a Masters in human rights from the London School of Economics. 

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