Finding Kukan


UMass Thu, Apr 27, 2017 7:00 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
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Cast/Crew Info
Director:Robin Lung
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Expected to be in attendance: Director Robin Lung

Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to American audiences. 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 never before told inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it, Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott. FINDING KUKAN uses rare and unseen archival footage to create an unforgettable portrait of a charismatic 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.

The UMass Boston Courage in Cinema Prize

UMass Boston is an educational institution dedicated to rigorous, open, critical inquiry.

The Courage in Cinema Prize recognizes these values and honors the work of filmmakers who champion these principles even at great sacrifice.

This year, UMass will bestow the Courage in Cinema Prize to Pete Nicks (THE FORCE) and Robin Lung (FINDING KUKAN).