Shilpa Agarwal

Young Kulap as depicted in Origin Story's animated opening sequence; Credit: Courtesy Origin Story

In Origin Story, Kulap Vilaysack Slays Demons of Her Past

Actor-writer-comedian Kulap Vilaysack’s directorial debut, Origin Story, is an intensely personal foray into her childhood, wielding questions about family, truth and the reliability of memory. An origin story for a comic book hero is most often a tragedy, and Vilaysack fashions her feature-length film, a documentary of her journey from Los Angeles to Laos — and to self-discovery and redemption — in this same vein....