FINDING KUKAN is now available for streaming on Kanopy: kanopystreaming.com/product/finding-kukan
Or for DVD purchase at New Day Films: newday.com/film/finding-kukan
"Totally absorbing." Louis Proyect (Rec Arts)
“Amazing.” “If you love movies or history see this film.” Steve Kopian (Unseen Films)
"4 stars" John Soltes (Hollywood Soapbox)
Winner - Audience Award, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017
Winner - Honorable Mention, Best Documentary, CAAMFest 2017
Winner - Best Documentary, Special Jury Award, Hawaii International Film Festival 2016
Winner - Courage in Cinema Award, UMass Boston Film Series
Official Selection - DOC NYC 2016, IFF Boston 2017, Seattle International Film Festival 2017, Mendocino Film Festival 2017
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.
Directed & Produced by Robin Lung
Editor: Shirley Thompson
Composer: Miriam Cutler
Featuring the voices of Kelly Hu & Daniel Dae Kim