"Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story" Community Film Screening & Conversation


Wednesday, June 7, 2017: The California Endowment in partnership with AAPI BMoC CHARGE (Coalition Helping Achieve Racial and Gender Equity) are proud to present a community screening of Ben Wang’s “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story.” 


Tower Theatre
815 E. Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728


Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. He underwent a dramatic transformation in prison, becoming a leader in the fight for multicultural prisoner education, culminating in his ultimate redemption and vindication. The powerful film paints an intimate portrait of Eddy – the prisoner, the immigrant, the son and the activist – on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption.

Join us for a reception before the screening with food and refreshments and music by DJ Phatrick. Following the film, there will be a community conversation around unpacking the migration-to-school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline as it impacts Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). This issue is all too familiar in Fresno given their diverse AAPI communities and also home to the largest Hmong population in California, speaking directly to their struggles as immigrant communities – the very issue that is central to Eddy Zheng’s experience as the youngest prisoner in San Quentin State Prison.

Artists and panelists will share their personal stories and share their work to support the health, healing and resilience of families and communities at the intersection of the criminal justice and immigration systems. There will be a live performance by Bambu to close out the evening!

Light appetizers and refreshments provided! Free admission!

6:30 pm - Reception (Music by DJ Phatrick)

7:00 pm - Film screening

8:00 pm - Panel discussion and Q & A

8:40 pm - Live Performance by Bambu!


Check out Bambu's rap that was used for Breathin'...!