Asian American Showcase 2017


Asian American Showcase

The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) and the Gene Siskel Film Center present The 22nd Annual Asian American Showcasecelebrating the vibrant work of Asian American filmmakers, March 31 through April 12. Guest appearances and performance bring sparkle and the opportunity to meet filmmakers to this year’s provocative lineup of comedies and documentaries.

All films and events will be held at the Gene Siskel Film Center:
(164 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601) To buy tickets and see the entire lineup of films and events, visit our website at:

Finding Kukan, Sunday April 9th. 5pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

In the late 1930s China is in dire straits. The country will collapse under Japan’s military juggernaut if it doesn’t get outside help. Chinese American firebrand Li Ling-Ai jolts Americans into action with a new medium — 16mm Kodachrome color film. She hires photojournalist Rey Scott to travel to China and capture a citizen’s perspective of the war-torn country, including the massive bombing of the wartime capital Chungking (now Chongqing). Their landmark film KUKAN screens for President Roosevelt at the White House, is called “awesome” by the New York Times, and receives one of the first Academy Awards for a feature documentary in 1942. Why have we never heard of Li Ling-Ai? And why have all copies of KUKAN disappeared? Filmmaker Robin Lung goes on a 7-year quest to find the answers.