Film: Chinatown Rising Screening and Filmmaker Discussion

Saturday, 9/3/2022
2:00 - 4:15
Koret Auditorium
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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A special screening of Chinatown Rising, followed by a discussion with Joshua Chuck, producer and director. 


Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. 


Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident, armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s–1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews, these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change.


NR, 85 mins., 2021.

Directed by: Harry Chuck and Joshua Chuck 

Produced by: James Q. Chan, Harry Chuck, Joshua Chuck 

Directors of Photography: Harry Chuck, Anson Ho 

Editor: Greg Louie 

Music: Miles Ito 

Consultants: Christopher Chow, Evan Jackson Leong, Walter Louie, Dr. Judy Yung 


CHINATOWN RISING is co-production with Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting presented in association with Chuckwow Productions, Good Medicine Picture Company and California Humanities.


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