Still from CHINATOWN RISING. SAN FRANCISCO—Come join us for the world premiere of Harry and Josh Chuck’s CHINATOWN RISING, a love letter to the San Francisco’s vibrant Chinatown. Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck’s exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community’s struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews, these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change. CAAM or the Center for Asian American Media presents CAAMFest, the world’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian film, food, and music programs, annually presenting over 100 works in San Francisco and Oakland. This film is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.
Still from CHINATOWN RISING. OAKLAND—Director Robin Lung investigates the compelling story of Hawaiʻi born Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited producer of KUKAN. KUKAN is a landmark color documentary about World War II China that received an Academy Award in 1942 before becoming “lost” for decades. In Robin’s film Finding KUKAN, she discovers a badly damaged print of KUKAN and pieces together the inspirational tale behind the remarkable accomplishments of Li and her cameraman Rey Scott. A dialogue with Director Robin Lung will follow the film.