GRANT: Finding KUKAN

Presented by:
Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, Digital Humanities, History, Indigenous Peoples Audience: All

“Finding KUKAN” received a planning grant from the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities for script development as well as a major grant from the council to produce a documentary video on the history of Chinese-American artists such as Li Ling-Ai, famous in her time but now virtually unknown. Robin Lung, the documentary filmmaker, has been working six years to uncover and tell this story of the uncredited female producer of Kukan, an Academy Award-winning color documentary from 1942 about World War II China that was lost for decades. Lung hopes to raise issues about Asian-American artists, especially women, in the cultural and social history of American movies and art. The film won the 2016 Best Documentary Award, Special Jury at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

View the trailer here.