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Korean Cinema NOW | Free Chol Soo Lee | 프리 철수 리

2022. 83 minutes. Documentary/History. NR.
Saturday, March 9, 2024
1:00-2:30 PM
Off Campus Location
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FREE CHOL SOO LEE tells the story of a Korean American death row inmate convicted of a 1973 Chinatown gangland murder in San Francisco, and the activists who led a pan-Asian American movement to free him. Spanning the late 1970s to the early ’80s, this movement would for the first time bring together young, third-generation Asian American activists, many of them politically radical, with older, conservative Korean immigrants. Their unlikely victory, with Lee walking into freedom in 1983 after 10 years in prison, would inspire many young supporters to pursue careers dedicated to social justice. The film will explore the complex legacy of this landmark yet largely forgotten Asian American social movement, and how Lee and his supporters would intimately shape each other’s lives, during his imprisonment and long after his release.

Directed by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi.

Presented in English and Korean with English subtitles

Korean Cinema NOW 2024 - Diaspora Edition series features critical picks of recent diaspora film hits. Screened at the Michigan Theater, all films are free and open to the public.

Details at the Michigan Theater website:
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Michigan Theater
Event Type: Film Screening
Tags: Asia, Film, Film Series, Korea
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Nam Center for Korean Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures