Reporting Fellows Gopika Ajay and Annick Laurent’s film To the Plate is screening virtually at the March on Washington Film Festival until October 11, 2021. The film has been shortlisted in the Emerging Documentary category.
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To the Plate follows a restaurateur and her partner as they work to support East Asian seniors living in Chinatown in New York City. This led to the creation of a mutual aid initiative called Heart of Dinner, which worked to provide meals and connect elders struggling with increased food insecurity and rising hate crimes to resources. It’s a film of resilience and care in a time of uncertainty, and how a younger generation shows up for those in their community.
Laurent and Ajay participated in an Emerging Filmmakers Roundtable discussion on October 2, 2021, as part of the March on Washington Film Festival.
Laurent is a 2021 Reporting Fellow at Columbia’s School of Journalism. She is a documentary and multimedia journalist from New York, with interests in race, gender, culture, and the environment.
Ajay is a documentary filmmaker from India and a 2021 Reporting Fellow. She is currently working in the film production industry in Dubai and is a part of Columbia’s School of Journalism documentary cohort.