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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

classified 15 S

Sundance on Tour 2022

Film

Please note: This was screened in June 2022

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

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.