Last week, Karthik Nemmani from Texas won America’s fiercely competitive Scripps National Spelling Bee.

There were 516 registered spellers from US states and territories, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

The 14-year-old was the 18th Indian-American to have won the annual competition in the last 20 years—a trend that’s mystified viewers.

So how did an immigrant community that forms less than 1% of the US population emerge as the dominant force in an almost century-old, iconic American competition?

Is it a special gene or extreme tiger-parenting?


Like all success, dedication to the game is key.

Between school, music classes, playtime, and even meditation, these children spend a couple of hours every day strategically learning spellings and definitions.

A new documentary goes behind the scenes at homes of some of the most precocious Indian-American spellers to uncover the secret to their success: days, weeks, and months of hard work—and the whole family’s support.

Check out the trailer below:

"Breaking the Bee" Documentary Trailer (2018)

The official trailer of "Breaking the Bee"!Breaking the Bee chronicles the ups and downs of four Indian-American students, ages 7 to 14, as they compete to realize their dream of winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee and cement their place in the two-decade dynasty of Indian-Americans dominating the iconic competition.

Posted by Breaking the Bee on Tuesday, March 20, 2018