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Finding KUKAN

Directed by Robin Lung

November 3 / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 76 mins / English / Colour / Canada Premiere

Preceded By:
Program 3: Fighting Chance: Three Documentaries

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
November 3, 2017 5:00 pm Box Office only


Robin Lung’s Finding KUKAN investigates the story of Chinese Hawaii-born Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a 1941 Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades. Featuring rare and unseen archival footage. Winner of several awards, including Best Documentary, Special Jury Award at Hawaii International Film Festival 2016. Note: This film has been classified “PG” (Violence, Sexual Language) by Consumer Protection BC.

Previous Screenings/Awards:

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017, Audience Award; CAAMFest 2017, Honorable Mention, Documentary Award; Hawaii International Film Festival 2016, Best Documentary, Special Jury Award; UMass Boston Film Series 2017, Courage in Cinema Award.

Director's Bio

Robin Lung is a fourth generation Chinese American who was raised in Hawai‘i. She has a 15-year history of bringing untold minority stories to film. A graduate of Stanford University and Hunter College in NYC, Lung made her directorial debut with Washington Place: Hawai‘i’s First Home, a 30-minute documentary for PBS Hawai‘i about Hawai‘i’s historic governor’s mansion and home of Queen Lili‘uokalani (aired December 2008). She was the associate producer for the national PBS documentary Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority (aired October 2008), Hawai‘i unit producer for acclaimed film Vivan Las Antipodas!, unit producer for NOVA’s Killer Typhoon, and producer/director for numerous short documentaries for the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. She was selected as a documentary fellow for the 2015 NALIP ARC female filmmaker residency.


Director / Writer: Robin Lung
Producers: Robin Lung, Shirley Thompson

Preceded By

  1. Nov 3: Program 3 – Fighting Chance: Three Documentaries

    November 3 / 101 mins
    (Documentary Feature, Shorts) Everybody deserves a fighting chance—to be seen, acknowledged, respected.

    Preceded by: Contenders, Im/Perfection

    Precedes: Finding KUKAN