Directed by: Angie Wang
Total Runtime: 98 min
Country of Origin: United States
Winner, Best Directress Angie Wang, Film Threat Award This! 2019; Winner Best Indie Film & Best First Time Director, Olympus Film Festival 2019
(Q&A with the filmmaker after screening)
Raised by her strict father in an urban neighborhood, Angie Wang (Annie Q.) is accepted into a prestigious university in the early 1980s. The sudden jolt from hardship to privileged campus life proves to be a challenge. When her financial aid is cut, she uses her book and street smarts, along with the school resources to synthesize the growing popular drug, Ecstasy. Angie becomes one of the west coast’s largest distributors of ‘X,” cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs. Her dual life as the Asian ‘model minority’ coed and profit-driven drug dealer is further complicated by her desire to help Bree, a girl from one of the bay area’s most infamous ghettos who reminds her of her own dark past. Angie lives the high life until her recklessness instigates a sudden tragedy from which she may not recover. Written and directed by Angie Wang, MDMA is an autobiographical period drama that offers the unique perspective of a working-class, Asian-American woman scrambling for status in a world of white, west-coast privileged.