S4 E2 | Walk Run Reinvention with Laura Nix

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As an immigrant and refugee the last thing on your mind would likely be anything creative and playful. For Chinese-Vietnamese immigrants Paul and Millie Cao, this was their story until a few years ago. The documentary short Walk Run Cha Cha explores their story of fleeing Vietnam and how they are reinventing themselves now through ballroom dance. In this episode, I spoke with Laura Nix, the Oscar-nominated director of Walk Run Cha Cha about her process in creating the film and the themes she explored around dance, immigration and reinvention in middle-age. We also talked about how Paul and Mille's story relates to my parents' story of being immigrants and refugees. In this conversation

We talk about
  • how creating the film changed Laura as a person and filmmaker
  • the motivation behind a creative pursuit
  • why the freedom to be playful and creative is not a given for everyone
  • the reality of a career in the arts
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