Chinatown Rising Film Screening

The Marcus Endowed Chair of Social Justice Film in the School of Cinema will host a showing of the film “Chinatown Rising,” on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Coppola Theater

Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once-quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews, these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-directors/producers Josh Chuck and Harry Chuck.

Josh Chuck, co-director, producer and Harry Chuck, co-director, producer, and director of photography. Harry Chuck earned his MA from the SF State University’s Film Arts Department where he served as a student assistant in film history. His footage for this film was shot as a student/activist and Chinatown Rising is his official return to filmmaking. 

This event is sponsored by Asian American Studies, AAPI Student Services, and ASPIRE.