CreditsThe Problem with Apu



Comedian Hari Kondabolu, the creator and star of this feature-length documentary, confronts his long standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Through this comedic cultural exposé, Kondabolu questions how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans and continues to exist – intact – twenty-eight years later.

Directed by
Michael Melamedoff

Produced by
Michael Melamedoff

Michael J. Cargill

Coordinating Producer
Shawn Rubin

Associate Producer
Jon Sheflin

Executive Producer
Michele Armour (PGA)

Executive Producers
Issac Horne
David Martin

Executive Producers
Jon Thoday
Richard Allen-Turner

Executive Producer
Hari Kondabolu

Edited by
Rebecca Beluk

Additional Editing by
Kristen Huntley

Animation by
David Ahuja - Amoeba Labs

Supplemental Editing by
Robert Arrucci
Owen Hutchinson

Assistant Editors
Timothy Duffy
Lilli Janney
Morgan Heller

Director of Photography

NY Unit
Lara Aqel
Miguel Drake-McLaughlin

LA Unit
Josh Silfen

Additional Unit
Jon Benz
Mike Farino

Hari Kondabolu

Utkarsh Ambudkar
Aziz Ansari
W. Kamau Bell
Samrat Chakrabarti
Shilpa Dave’
Noureen DeWulf
Whoopi Goldberg
Dana Gould
Sakina Jaffrey
Aasif Mandvi
Hasan Minhaj
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Ajay Naidu
Aparna Nancherla
John Ortved
Maulik Pancholy
Kal Penn
Russell Peters
John Powers
Mallika Rao
Rohitash Rao
Sheetal Sheth

Irish Delany
Melissa Finney
Aaron Izbicki
Zachary Karantonis
Fraser Macpherson
Daniel Monroy
Julien Monroy
Michael Ortega
Amy Shepheard

Uma Kondabolu
Ravi Kondabolu
Ashok Kondabolu

Camera Operators
Blaine Dunkley
TJ Hellmuth
Josh Vaile
Dan Willis
Arthur Woo

Assistant Camera
Ajiri Akpolo
Jonathan Argudo
Tom Clement
Nick Lorden
Karim Kassem
Christopher McGovern
Lauren Murphy
Ian Wexler

Sound Mixer
Tim Camarda
Alan Kudan
Jordan Moser
Dennis Schweitzer

Production Accountant
Andy Wheeler

Stylist Hair and
Kaela Wohl

Make up
Kristen Alimena

Field Producer
Cletus McKeown

Production Coordinator
James Atamian

Production Legal
Rose Meade Hart
Chris Perez

Jamie D'Aquino

Still Photographer
David Holloway

Assistant to Producers
Grace Fennimore

Color Correction
Troy Thompson
Running Man Post

Post Production Sound
Ian Stynes
Great City Post

Production Assistants
Mike Fields
Glenn Fellman
Julian Hollinger
Denver Parillon
Paul Ramirez

Production Intern
Chelsea Fernando

For TruTV
Executive Producer
Lesley Goldman
Marissa Ronca

Coordinating Producer
Neil Padover

Special Thanks To
Jatin Chopra
The Comedy Works in Denver
Cowboy Bear Ninja
Ed Davis & Steven DeVall
Ryan Draizin
Dub Pies in Brooklyn
Chelsea Fernando
Sameer Gardezi
Sarah Hiraki
Dwayne Kennedy
Carol Kolb
Ken Lee
Aarti Mann
Stacy Mark
Liz Miele
Anne Murphy
Ahamefule Oluo
Randall Park
Satyajit Ray
Arjun Sheth
Ahkil Sharma

Additional Material By:

“The Simpsons” Gracie Films, 20th Century Fox Television, The Curiosity Company, Fox Television Animation, FOX

“Late Night With Conan O’Brien” Broadway Video, Conaco, NBC Studios/ NBC

“The Late Show With David Letterman” Worldwide Pants / CBS

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” Jackhole Industries, 12:05 Productions, ABC Studios, Touchstone Television / ABC

“Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell” CR Productions, FX Productions / FX

“Ghost in the Shell” Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Shanghai Film Group, Huahua Media, Arad Productions, Steven Paul Production, Amblin Partners, Grosvenor Park Production, Seaside Entertainment, Weying Galaxy Entertainment / Paramount Pictures / Rupert Sanders

“Tomi Lahren” The Blaze

“Milo Yiannopoulos” Milo Yiannopoulos

Sean Hannity” FOX News

“Sarah Palin” Reuters

Ann Coulter” Chicago Tribune

“Made in F***G USA” Eric Rosenwald

“Gore Vidal” Rex Features

“Stanley Kubrick” Michael Ochs

“Pablo Neruda” unknown

“Pepe The Frog” Matt Furie

“Hank Azaria” Allstar

“Nov. 10, 1989, Celebration at the Berlin Wall” ABC News

"We Didn't Start The Fire" Sony Music, Columbia Records - Billy Joel

“TV Spot – 1990 – Simpsons Mattel” Melmac Vintage Toys

“The Simpsons Butterfinger Commercial Collection 1989-2001”

“The Simpsons Churches Chicken Commercial 1989”

“The Simpson’s Toyota Commercials (1992-1993)  

Ad Renault Kangoo Simpson Long Version

“The Party” The Mirisch Corporation, United Artists- Blake Edwards

“The Jazz Singer” Warner Brothers, Warner Brothers- Alan Crosland

“Breakfast At Tiffany’s Jurow-Shepherd, Paramount Pictures - Blake Edwards”

“Tropic Thunder” DreamWorks, Red Hour Films, Goldcrest Pictures, Internantionale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud Second -Ben Stiller

“Short Circuit” TriStar Pictures, Producers Sales Organization (PSO)Turman-Foster Company - John Badham

“The Lone Ranger” Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Blind Wink Productions, Infinitum Nihil - Gore Verbinski

“Rolling Stone Magazine” Wenner Media LLC

“Time Magazine” Time Inc, AOL Time Warner

“Newsweek” Newsweek Media Group

“Aziz Ansari” Martin Schoeller

“Mindy Kaling” Mindy Kaling Facebook

“Kal Penn” NBC Universal

“Naveen Andrews” Disney ABC Television

“Sendhil Ramamurthy “ NBC Universal

“Bobby Jindal” State of Louisiana

“Fareed Zakaria” The Washington Post

“Deepak Chopra” Jason Kempin

“LateNet with Ray Ellin” Ray Ellin Productions

“Matt Groening” Wenn

“James L Brooks” unknown

“Hank Azaria” Cohen

“Mike Reiss” Unknown

“Simpsons Writers Room” Simpsons Illustrated Welsh Publishing Company

“Matt Groening” Gage Skidmore

“Pather Panchali” Government of West Bengal, Criterion Collection - Satyajit Ray

“Aparajito” Epic Productions, Criterion Collection - Satyajit Ray

“Apur Sansar” Satyajit Ray Productions, Criterion Collection -Satyajit Ray

“Hank Azaria” Wenn

“The Huffington Post” AOL, Oath Inc

“Rancho Cucamonga” FOX Broadcasting Company

“Carhart & Brother Celebrated B-D & T Roasted Coffee” Unknown

“Elliott’s White Veneer” Elliott Paint & Varnish Co

“Richards & Pringle's Famous Georgia Minstrels” The U.S. Lithograph Co.

“Fairbanks Gold Dust Washing Powder” N. K. Soap Manufacturing Company

“Yum-Yum Apples” Skookum Packers Association

“La Choy Chinese Foods” Beatrice Foods, ConAgra

“Frito Bandito” Foote, Cone, & Belding Agency

“Man who won an elephant in a raffle” Unknown

“Uncle Obama’s Cabin” Carlos Latuff

“Yes Sir Mr. Bones” Sigmund Neufeld Productions - Ron Ormond

"Babes On Broadway" Metro Goldwyn Mayer - Busby Berkeley

“Coon Chicken Inn” unknown

“Lick him and see if he’s chocolate” unknown

“Tufts University 2016 Commencement Speech” Hank Azaria, Tufts University

“Julianne Hough” Devone Byrd

“Fisher Stevens” Fernando Leon

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” Paramount Pictures, Lucasfilm Steven Spielberg

“National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” Myriad Pictures, In Motion AG, WMF V, Tapestry Films, Lions Gate Films -Walt Becker

“The Big Bang Theory” Warner Brothers Television, Chuck Lorre Productions, CBS

“Law & Order: SVU” Wolf Films, Studios USA Television, Universal Network Television, NBC Universal, NBC

“The Pink Panther” Mirisch G E Productions, United Artist - Blake Edwards

“Comedy Now” Hi Guy Ten Productions

CNN, Turner Broadcasting Company

“Hank Azaria” Arthur Grace

“Hank Azaria” Noel Vasquez

“The Mindy Project” Kaling International, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, Fox Television

“Community” Krasnoff Foster Productions, Harmonious Claptrap, Russo Brothers, UMS, Sony Pictures Television, NBC

“Silicon Valley” 3 Arts Entertainment, Altschuler Krinsky Works, Judgmental Films, HBO

“Anger Management” Mohawk Productions, Revolution Studios, Estevez Sheen Productions, Twisted Television, Debmar Mercury, Lionsgate Television, TBS

“Master of None” 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, Alan Yang Pictures, Fremulon, Oh Brudder Productions, Netflix

“30 Rock” Broadway Video, Little Stranger, NBC Studios, NBC Universal Television

“Office Space” Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation - Mike Judge

“Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” New Line Cinema, Kingsgate Films, Mandate Pictures - Jon Hurwitz Hayden Schlossberg

“House of Cards” Media Rights Capital, Panic Pictures, Trigger Street Productions, Netflix

“The Daily Show” Mad Cow Productions, Comedy Central, Comedy Partners, Hello Doggie, Comedy Central           

Cleveland Indians “Chief Wahoo” Walter Goldbach

Washington Redskins

“Al G Field Minstrels” Otis Lithograph Co

“Aunt Jemima” H. Gene Miller

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