Free Chol Soo Lee

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Extraordinarily moving…this is what documentary filmmaking should strive for.

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Free Chol Soo Lee

In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. Sentenced to life, he spends years fighting to survive until investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement that would unite Asian Americans and inspire a new generation of activists.

Nearly five decades later,
Free Chol Soo Lee excavates this largely unknown yet essential history, crafting an intimate portrait of the complex man at its center and serving as an urgent reminder that his legacy is more relevant than ever.
Not Rated
Genre
Documentary, Justice, Activism
Runtime
90
Language
English, Korean
Director
Julie Ha &
Eugene Yi
Cast
Chol Soo Lee (as himself), Sebastian Yoon (narrator)
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

"Whatever I was on the outside does not justify to frame a person to put him in prison for a murder he did not commit." These words from Chol Soo Lee seem like a pretty simple truism, one that should be a cornerstone of justice. However, as Austin Asian American Film Festival selection Free Chol Soo ...

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