Weekend Passport: Lao-American Filmmaker Showcases Her Own ‘Origin Story’

A still from "Origin Story"
A still from "Origin Story" Courtesy, Siamese Rose
A still from "Origin Story"
A still from "Origin Story" Courtesy, Siamese Rose

Weekend Passport: Lao-American Filmmaker Showcases Her Own ‘Origin Story’

Every Friday, our global citizen, Nari Safavi, joins Worldview to show listeners how to travel the world over the weekend without ever leaving Chicago. Today, Nari offers up a number of ways to learn about Asian American communities, including at the 24th Annual Asian American Showcase at the Gene Siskel Film Center. We are joined by Kulap Vilaysack, a child of Lao refugees whose debut documentary Origin Story is playing in the showcase.The film chronicles a road trip into Vilaysack’s complicated past and the aftermath of a traumatic family fight. She explains how that trauma is her basis for comedy. Vilaysack has also acted in a number of TV shows, including The Office and Parks and Recreation, and she co-hosts the podcast Who Charted?