Rally directed by Rooth Tang
Rally directed by Rooth Tang

Rally is a portal into the rise of San Francisco Chinatown’s political prominence and power – fueled by the fiery, fearless activist and kingmaker Rose Pak.

Directed by Rooth Tang, the documentary Rally will world premiere at SFFILM (San Francisco Film Festival).

Since California’s Gold Rush days, the Chinese-American movement has had many movers and shakers—but few as perplexing, controversial, and successful as little known Rose Pak. Exploring how the once marginalized community of San Francisco’s Chinatown has evolved to now wield considerable political power, Rally presents an unvarnished look at one of the most confounding and unapologetic figures ever to stand up for justice and fair representation. The film offers up a dynamic portrait of securing a confident voice at the table with significant, lasting implications for other under-represented communities – both within, and far beyond, the city.

Born in Bangkok and raised in Los Angeles, director Rooth Tang is an international filmmaker whose work spans across Asia, Europe, and the US. His work as an assistant editor includes the Peabody and Emmy winning documentary Nanking and as editor on the Sundance award winning feature Gook, with shorts and other projects featured in programs like Palm Springs Shortfest, HAF Asia, and Tribeca All Access. His feature-film directing debut, Sway, which told the story of three generations of Asian immigrants in the cities of Bangkok, Los Angeles and Paris, had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and its Asia premiere at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Rally is Tang’s first documentary feature as director.

Watch the trailer for Rally.

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