Eight-division boxing world champion and now Senator Manny Pacquiao is taking on Asian hate crimes through new film ‘Zeus,’ which he executive-produced.

Pacquiao, fondly called ‘The People’s Champ,’ announced the film on his Instagram page, which he hopes will raise awareness on the issue of increasing Asian hate crimes around the world.

“During these tough times with racism and hate crimes, I’m very proud to Executive Produce the film ‘Zeus’ @zeusthefilm to raise awareness of Asian hate crimes,” he said.

Photo from Manny Pacquiao’s Official Instagram Page

The 42-year-old boxer and government official said the film will impact a lot of lives and urged fellow Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APPI) to stand up against Asian hate.

“I believe this film will impact many lives!” Pacquiao captioned his post. “To my AAPI community, let’s make a difference together! #StopAsianHate” He added. 

The film is directed by Filipino-American Chris Soriano, who will also star as the film’s protagonist. 

The movie will focus on an Asian-American boxer who faces abuse and racism in Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic. It will be released on August 13 on various streaming platforms.

The US has recorded an increase in Asian attacks since the pandemic began and cases continue to persist. 

Watch the trailer below!

 
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Image credit: Manny Pacquiao’s Official Instagram; Zeus’ Official Instagram Page