Nang has always lived outside the box.
Born in a Trinidadian village in 1934, she grew up poor, illegitimate, mixed-race and female, yet she survived and thrived by defying convention. She left her first of five husbands after he cheated on her. With no formal training, she danced with choreographer Geoffrey Holder, who later won Tony Awards for The Wiz. In her twenties, she went to work in the Orinoco delta in Venezuela, and saved enough to buy a house. She attended university in New York in her 40s. Through her stubbornness, resourcefulness and resilience, Nang has surmounted life’s traumas and tragedies. In this vivid portrait, filmmaker Richard Fung gets to know Nang, his previously unknown first cousin, at her current home in New Mexico and on the road in Trinidad. – KE