Directed by: Robin Lung
Total Runtime: 75 min
Country of Origin: United States
- Special Jury Award (Best Documentary), Hawaii International Film Festival
- Official Selection, CAAMFest
- Official Selection, DOC NYC
“With more calls for diversity in film and television than ever before, Finding Kukan and the forgotten story of Li Ling-Ai remind us all how far we’ve come and how much work we’ve yet to do.”
(Q&A with filmmaker after screening)
An Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades. An uncredited female producer from the early days of Hollywood. The mystery behind their disappearance from history.
In the 1930s, China risked collapse under the onslaught of Japan’s military juggernaut. Chinese-American firebrand Li Ling-Ai decided to jolt Americans into action with a new medium: 16mm Kodachrome color film. She hired photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture the war-torn country, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital. Their landmark film Kukan screened for President Roosevelt at the White House and received one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary in 1942. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of Kukan disappeared? Filmmaker Robin Lung turns detective to uncover this forgotten story.