• Thursday, August 11, 2022


Breaking the Bee – a documentary on Indian American Spelling Bee Champs

12 year old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, CA. holds her trophy after winning the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling the word “marocain”, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center June 1, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Breaking the Bee, a documentary on the rise and dominance of Indian-Americans in spelling bee competitions, will be making film festival rounds this month. The documentary, which follows four second-generation Indian-Americans aged seven to 14 as they train for the competition, will be shown on April 8 at the Cleveland International Film Festival, and on May 12 at the New York Indian Film Festival in New York City. The documentary will give viewers and insight into the family life of four Indian-American kids as they start their spelling careers. It also offers commentary from CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Fareed Zakaria, comedian…

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