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Opening Night + Gala: Free Chol Soo Lee

Directed by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi

In 1973, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was wrongfully convicted of a gangland murder in San Francisco Chinatown. It was unfortunate happenstance for Lee, a self-described “young street punk,” that led witnesses to identify him as the killer—witnesses, who, turned out to be Caucasian tourists and assumed “all Asians looked alike.” As word spread about Lee’s conviction, it brought passionately radical Asian Americans banned together with conservative Korean immigrants. This landmark movement of pan-Asian solidarity helped to free Lee after 10 years in prison. However, was an unexpected icon ready for the outside world after his time on Death Row?

Directors Julie Ha and Eugene Yi expected to attend as well as special guests TBA.

Co-presented by Asian American Journalists Association, San Francisco chapter (AAJA-SF), A-DOC, Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.


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Dates & Times


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Thu, May 12
6:30 pm

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Thu, May 12
9:30 pm