FREE CHOL SOO LEE
First show: August 19
Co-presented by Asian Prisoner Support Committee!
Filmmakers Julie Ha and Eugene Yi in person for Q&A after the screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
The Q&A after the 7pm screening on Friday, August 19, will be moderated by Nate Tan, co-Director at Asian Prisoner Support Committee.
The Q&A after the 6.40pm show on Saturday, August 20, will be moderated by Valerie Soe, filmmaker and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.
The Q&A after the 3:45p show on Sunday, August 21, will be moderated by Don Young, CAAM’s Director of Programs.
In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. Sentenced to life, he spends years fighting to survive until investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented push for social action that would unite Asian Americans and inspire a new generation of activists.
Nearly five decades later, award-winning journalists Julie Ha and Eugene Yi excavate this largely unknown yet essential history in their riveting Sundance selection Free Chol Soo Lee. Combining rich archival footage, firsthand accounts, and narration drawn from personal writings, this poignant documentary paints an intimate portrait of the complex man at the center of a movement and serves as an urgent reminder that his legacy is more relevant than ever.
Directed by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi. Narrated by Sebastian Yoon. Producers: Su Kim, Jean Tsien, Sona Jo. The United States. Language: in English and Korean, with subtitles. 2022. DCP. 86 minutes.
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