Film Series : 22nd Annual Asian American Showcase

Finding Kukan

2016, Robin Lung, USA, 75 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Apr 9th 5:00pm

The long-lost 1942 documentary KUKAN, and the Chinese American playwright Li Ling-ai who created it, become a seven-year quest for filmmaker Lung, who traces the baffling mystery of the film’s complete disappearance. Lauded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and awarded an honorary Oscar, KUKAN was the passion of Li, who pawned her grandmother’s jewelry to raise the funds in order to document first-hand the tragedy and horror of Japan’s occupation of China between 1937 and 1940. Once widely shown and considered the most authentic record of China’s struggle, KUKAN dropped from sight, all copies apparently destroyed, until Lung embarks on her search. DCP digital. (BS)

Sunday, April 9 at 5:00 pm: Soundtrack composer Miriam Cutler will be present for audience discussion.

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