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  7. Free Chol Soo Lee

Free Chol Soo Lee

Julie Ha & Eugene Yi, USA 2022, 86 Min., OV with English subs, DCP
Followed by a talk with Heike Berner and Sun-Ju Choi

Chol Soo Lee was charged with murder in the 1973 shooting of a Chinese man on the street in San Francisco. It was an open secret in the Chinese community that Lee, a Korean immigrant, could not be the culprit. But to police and prosecutors, Lee was the perfect scapegoat and was sentenced to life in prison. Years later, different Asian-American groups joined together to fight for his freedom. The film does not only tell Lee's poignant story, but also what his legacy meant, and still means, to Asian American communities. (SC)

In cooperation with MUBI

Heike Berner works on the Korean diaspora in the United States and Germany. Her master’s thesis and dissertation were the first works in Germany in the field of Asian American Studies some 20 years ago. She is the author of “ISE. Narratives of Second-Generation Korean Germans”. She lives and works in Cologne.

Sun-Ju Choi studied film and screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and received her PhD on family concepts and representation in North Korean film. She is a board member of korientation e.V. – Netzwerk für Asiatisch-Deutsche Perspektiven and neue deutsche organisationen – das postmigrantische netzwerk e.V..