The Donut King

The Donut King

Director: Alice Gu
Running Time: 90
Location: USA
DCFF SCreening: 2021


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.

Sponsored by Sound Credit Union.

Screening History & Awards

2020 SXSW Film Festival – Best Documentary Feature Special Jury Prize

2020 Asian American International Film Festival – Emerging Director Award

DCFF Screening Information

Available to view in Washington state only.

Emily loves movies and Tacoma. Thus, the Destiny City Film Festival was born in 2013 and has been going strong ever since!