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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston MA
(T: Park Street, Downtown Crossing, or Boylston)
76 mins | Documentary | Chinese-American
Directed by Robin Lung
Filmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942.
Lost for decades, Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of KUKAN, and pieces together the untold, inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it -- Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.
FINDING KUKAN uses rare and unseen archival footage to create an unforgettable portrait of a female filmmaking pioneer, and sheds light on the long history of racial and gender discrimination behind the camera, which continues to reverberate in Hollywood today.
Producer/Director Robin Lung has a 15-year history of bringing untold stories to film. She made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawaiis First Home, a 30-minute documentary for PBS Hawaii about Hawaiis last queen, Liliuokalani (aired 2008). She was the associate producer for the national PBS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority; unit producer for acclaimed documentary Vivan Las Antipodas by Victor Kossakovsky; unit producer for NOVAs Killer Typhoon; and producer/director of numerous short documentaries for the Historic Hawaii Foundation.