Sahra Vang Nguyen
is on a mission to explore stories at the intersection of diversity, culture, and human potential. She has written for NBC News
, The Huffington Post, and NTRSCTN on topics including race, identity, politics, and entrepreneurship. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold, Sahra has produced, directed and filmed 9 short documentaries about New York City entrepreneurs in a series titled, “Maker’s Lane
,” which was co-presented by the Smithsonian. In early 2016, she created, produced and directed 5 short documentaries for NBC News about Asian-American trailblazers in a series titled, “Self-Starters
.” You can catch her on-camera as a host in VICE’s
two-part documentary about transgender Mormon activist, Emmett Claren.”As an entrepreneur, Sahra shares her passion for Vietnamese American culture as a Co-Owner and Communication/Brand Strategist of “Lucy’s Vietnamese Kitchen
” in Bushwick; her restaurant has been featured in The New York Times
, Time Out New York, Lucky Peach
, and VICE.
In March 2017, Sahra released her second documentary with NBC News titled, “Deported.”
Filmed across three cities in the United States and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, “Deported” shines a light on the grassroots organizers and global movement to revise the U.S.-Cambodia Repatriation Agreement and end deportation. “
Sahra’s 20-60 minute keynote speeches focus on defining one’s purpose and path to success anchored in identity, self-confidence, and empowerment. She offers workshops and full-week residences that work with the community to explore a range of topics including new media, documentary filmmaking, entrepreneurship, race, identity, creative writing, and activism.
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