Debbie Lum

Debbie Lum is a San Francisco-based director whose films give voice to the Asian American experience and other unsung stories. Try Harder! her documentary about San Francisco’s iconic Lowell High School premiered at 2021 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. It will open in movie theaters in the US this December and will broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens, alongside a campaign to promote mental health in high school next year. Her previous documentary, Seeking Asian Female, premiered at SXSW, was a “fan favorite” on PBS' Independent Lens, won Best of Fest (Silverdocs) and was featured in This American Life. Lum’s editing credits include A.K.A Don Bonus (POV) and Kelly Loves Tony (POV) among others. She’s also directed two short comedies, A Great Deal! and Chinese Beauty and is currently developing a documentary about “Tiger Moms”.