7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Finding KUKAN – A Lost Oscar-Winning Film of ChinaSpeaker: Robin Lung
In the award-winning documentary Finding KUKAN, director Robin Lung investigates the compelling story of Hawaiʻi born Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited producer of KUKAN. KUKAN is a landmark color documentary about World War II China that received an Academy Award in 1942 before becoming “lost” for decades. In Finding KUKAN, Lung discovers a badly damaged print of KUKAN and pieces together the inspirational tale behind Li and her cameraman Rey Scott. Robin Lung will present the full 75-minute documentary Finding KUKAN (in English with Chinese subtitles) and speak about her 8-year-long filmmaking journey.
Robin Lung is a 4th generation Chinese American from Hawaiʻi with an 18-year history of bringing untold minority and women’s stories to film. A Stanford University and Hunter College graduate, she became a filmmaker after successful careers in book publishing and higher education. Lung made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawaiʻi’s First Home, a 30-minute documentary for PBS Hawaiʻi about the legacy of Hawaiʻi’s Queen Liliʻuokalani and her personal home. She was the associate producer for the national PBS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, and producer/director of the feature documentary Finding KUKAN, which was selected to be broadcasted nationally on PBS World’s America ReFramed series and has won multiple awards at film festivals across America.