The Donut King

The Donut King

The Donut King, Ted's story is one of fate, love, survival, hard knocks, and redemption. It's the rags to riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975 and building an unlikely multi-million dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ted sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979 he was living the American Dream. But, in life, great rise can come with great falls.

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Alice Gu




Director: Alice Gu
Executive Producer: Ridley Scott, Freida Lee Mock, Andres Rosillo, Juliana Lemus, Jonny Hwang
Producer: Jose Nunez, Alice Gu, Farhad Amid, Tom Moran
Screenwriter: Alice Gu, Carol Martori
Cinematographer: Alice Gu
Editor: Carol Martori
Music: Peter Lauridsen
Principal Cast: Ted Ngoy, Christy Ngoy, Mayly Tao, Ning Yen, Chhay Bun Ngoy, Kom Chris Ngoy, Susan Wahid, Chet Ngoy, William Mimiaga, Savy Ngoy


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Lauren Kelcher Stevenson
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Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Cambodia, United States
Language: English, Chinese, Cambodian
Runtime: 94 mins