Written by D3 Media Group.


The director's cut of Searching for Roots in Canton premiered at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District on Saturday, April 28th. It was well received by over 400 audience members. A Q&A with the documentary's director and executive producer, Duffy Wang, fellow travelers, Alana Woods Chan, Nathan Fong, and Al Cheng was moderated by Steven Owyang from Friends of Roots. Duffy Wang said, "I have over 21 years of experience working on documentaries about Chinese culture and the making of this documentary has been the most profound experience I've had!" D3 Productions, Inc. received an overwhelming amount of praise:

"What a powerful documentary!" - Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco

"Great piece and I look forward to its success across the PBS network." - Jack H. Schwartz, CBS Local Media KPIX/KBCW

"…excellent film!" - Ryan Chahanovich, Producer & Creative Strategist

"Loved it! Cried happy tears." - Jason Lew, Viewer

"This was an amazing film. I enjoyed it tremendously. Smiled, laughed and cried." - Kay Speaks, Viewer

"I wanted to tell you how touched I was by the Roots [Searching for Roots in Canton] Documentary. It was really bold to confront racism and feelings of shame the way you did. It is such a taboo subject but you guys [D3 Productions, Inc.] handled it with a certain elegance and thoughtfulness. Watching Alana, I remember how I felt about my Mexican heritage before and after living in Mexico. It is a huge burden to feel ashamed and the relief in coming to terms with ones own identity is magical. That really came through in the production." - Jude Gabbard, Fashion Designer

"The Searching for Roots in Canton Preview was fantastic! It was tearful, humorous, and touched everyone in the audience! Great job-Congrats to all that put the preview gathering together!" - Kailey Wong, Viewer

"I was thoroughly 'thrilled to high heaven' with the premiere of the fantastic film, Searching for Roots in Canton. What an incredible masterpiece it is." - Marjorie Quon, Viewer

"Loved the documentary, very moving perspective of their rooting experience!" - Angelina Yu, Viewer

"Wonderful and very moving show." - Wei & Peter Rasmussen, Viewer

"This program was absolutely wonderful! It was excellent in every particular, and the message was universal. Congratulations to you and everyone involved!" - Carol Peckham, Viewer

"Wonderful documentary! Moving, sentimental journey to find one's roots, and finally making the connection. The direction and cinematography are both first rate, so is the elegant background music. The 2 leads, Alana and Nathan, deserve much credit. They are articulate, genuine and photogenic. Thanks to Al Cheng and everyone who brought the project off the ground. In fact, it soars." - Louis Chan, Viewer