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October 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am12:00 pm

LOS ANGELES—Join APCA, APASA, and SCAPE for a screening of the California Humanities-supported film Nailed It followed by a Q & A with director Adele Pham. The event will take place Oct. 21 at 5pm; doors open at 4:30pm. Free and open to the public! RZC Ron Howard Theatre 3131 S Figueroa St #110 Los Angeles, CA 90007 In every city, state, and strip mall across the U.S., people get their nails done in salons likely owned by Vietnamese entrepreneurs who have come to dominate an $8 billion dollar nail economy. It began with 20 refugee women and a chance encounter with famed Alfred Hitchcock actress and humanitarian Tippi Hedren. Part of the first wave of war refugees in 1975, the “first 20” Vietnamese manicurists sought a way to support their children and families, unknowingly sparking a cultural phenomenon. From Los Angeles to the Bronx, Nailed It, introduces the people behind this booming and sometimes controversial industry. Nail salons offered the Vietnamese community a pathway to pursue the American dream and financial independence. In turn, the salons offer a space for “me time,” community and affordable luxury for people of diverse social and economic backgrounds. Along the way, the filmmaker, who is half Vietnamese, learns about her history and develops an even closer connection to that culture. Nailed It premiered on PBS in May 2019, and is the highest streamed film of the America Reframed series.  Nailed It. 2017. USA. English and Vietnamese with English  subtitles. 59 min. Director: Adele Free Pham. Producers: Adele Free Pham, Ina Adele Ray, Kelvin Saint Pham Cinematography: Adele Free Pham Editors: Jessica Lee Salas, Lewis Erskine Cast: Tippi Hedren, Kelvin Saint Pham, Charlie Vo, Olivett Robinson Nailed It is supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project grant.


October 21, 2019
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Ron Howard Theater
3131 S Figueroa St #110
Los Angeles, 90007
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