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Block 4 Feature: Finding Kukan

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Finding Kukan directed by Robin Lung. Running time: 1 hour 16 minutes

Filmmaker 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 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 -- 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.

Short Film Prior to Feature: Tiger of the White Sun. Running time: 23 minutes

China, 1941. A US pilot is forced to bail out over contested territory in Hunan Province. Desperate to find a way back to friendly lines, the pilot is discovered by a group of young Chinese soldiers already knee-deep in a critical mission - men who are his only hope of returning alive.

Earlier Event: May 12
Block 3: Documentaries