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AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series at the Spurlock Museum: Finding KUKAN

Finding KUKAN
Directed by Robin Lung.
2017 / 75 minutes
Introduction and post-screening discussion TBD

KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942. After World War II, the film became lost and no copy of it could be found. When filmmaker Robin Lung discovers a badly damaged film print of the "lost" KUKAN, she pieces together the inspirational tale of the two renegades behind the making of it—Chinese American playwright Li Ling-Ai and cameraman Rey Scott.

AsiaLENS Film Series

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and discussion programs—organized by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)/Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum—presenting recent documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. Local and visiting experts introduce the films and lead audiences in post-screening discussions.

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