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Stories about breaking out, breaking free, and bringing people together through the power of action, strength, hope and joy.

Pho the People follows Maryam Tu and her family launching a small batch food project at the beginning of the Covid Pandemic. Maryam Tu's social justice food project, Pho the People, was created as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matters uprising in the U.S. The story captures Tu, a first-generation Vietnamese American, navigating her identity, race, and devotion to her community during a time of isolation and racial unrest. Pho the People explores cultural reclamation, resilience and activism through food.

About the Directors:

Dez Ramirez (she/her/ella) is a writer, filmmaker, strategist, and community builder currently based in Portland, Oregon. She is the Community Engagement Manager at Columbia Land Trust, the Board President at CultureSeed, and currently working on initiatives, strategies, and community led projects centered on land conservation, climate, justice, tribal sovereignty and BIPOC liberation.

Brady Holden (he/him) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, director of photography of short films and video content for global environmental non profits, national commercial brands, TV, and independent documentaries. Brady started his independent filmmaking career in Milwaukee, WI before moving to Boston as a Producer for Northern Light Productions. In 2014, he created Holden Films and moved to Portland, OR where he specializes in creating short films for environmental nonprofits and independent documentaries.

Film Contact:

  • Runtime
    16 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Central Oregon Premiere (South of Portland and east of the Cascades), Oregon Premiere, Northwest Premiere (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana), West Coast Premiere, US Premiere, World Premiere
  • Director
    Brady Holden & Dez Ramirez