A film­maker turns his­tory detec­tive to uncover the for­got­ten story of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female pro­ducer of KUKAN, an Acad­emy Award-winning color doc­u­men­tary about World War II China that has been lost for decades.

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Find­ing KUKAN is in the mid­dle of post-production. We are cur­rently rais­ing funds to com­plete the film by the end of 2015. You can help bring this story to fruition by mak­ing a tax-deductible dona­tion HERE.

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Back­ers who donate $25 or more receive a set of three sou­venir post­cards made from the orig­i­nal 1941 KUKAN lobby cards; back­ers who donate $1000 or more receive film credit in the film fes­ti­val ver­sion of the film.


About The Film

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 6-year quest to find the answers.

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