DOC NYC, CAAMFest, IFF Boston, Los Angeles Asian Pacific, Seattle, Asian/Asian American fests in Boston, Atlanta, Vancouver, Philadelphia, San Diego, DC
An investigation into the true origins of a lost documentary about China.
I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
KUKAN (1941), one of the first documentaries honored with an Academy Award, was long considered lost. A chronicle of Chinese resistance to Japanese aggression, the project was credited to Rey Scott, an adventurer who had never before made a film. When Hawaiian filmmaker Robin Lung learns that a driving force behind KUKAN was Li Ling-Ai, a Chinese-American Hawaiian woman all but erased from its history, she begins investigating the film and its mysterious production, leading to unanticipated discoveries.