Screening of Free Chol Soo Lee and Filmmaker Q&A
Julie Ha and Eugene Yi, Filmmakers
October 28, 2022 · 4:00 pm—7:00 pm · Princeton Garden Theatre
East Asian Studies Department; Effron Center for the Study of America; Committee for Film Studies
Followed by a zoom Q&A with the filmmakers, Julie Ha and Eugene Yi
Moderated by Steven Chung (EAS)
In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. Sentenced to life, he spends years fighting to survive until investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented push for social action that would unite Asian Americans and inspire a new generation of activists.
Nearly five decades later, award-winning journalists Julie Ha and Eugene Yi excavate this largely unknown yet essential history in their riveting Sundance selection Free Chol Soo Lee. Combining rich archival footage, firsthand accounts, and narration drawn from personal writings, this poignant documentary paints an intimate portrait of the complex man at the center of a movement and serves as an urgent reminder that his legacy is more relevant than ever.
Organized by the East Asian Studies Department, co-sponsored by the Effron Center for the Study of America and the University Committee for Film Studies