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Free Chol Soo Lee
Still from Free Chol Soo Lee, part of Sundance London on Tour at Watershed

Free Chol Soo Lee

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Sundance on Tour 2022


Please note: This was screened in June 2022

Julie Ha, Eugene Yi
Chol Soo Lee, Jeff Adachi, K. W. Lee
83 mins, Subtitled, 2022, US
Primary language

Join us for a special screening of this documentary about a 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee who was wrongfully convicted of murder. The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with the film’s directors Julie Ha and Eugene Yi.

In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was racially profiled and wrongfully convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. After spending years in prison fighting to survive, investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement.

Chol Soo Lee was a penniless street drifter, who became the symbol for a landmark movement which saw a massive Asian-Amercian movement, of younger activists working together with older, conservative Korean immigrants to free him from the miscarriage of justice. Tragically once free, Chol self-destructed, threatening the movement's legacy and the man himself.

Directors Julie Ha and Eugene Yi craft a powerful indictment of systemic racism and the criminal justice system, while providing Lee a platform to tell his story through his own words.