The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Chinatown Rising + Q&A with Co-Director Josh Chuck

Chinatown Rising poster

Come on out for the Orange County premiere of Chinatown Rising, 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.

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. By publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, intimate interviews see these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change.

Program will include a screening of the film followed by a short Q&A session with co-director Josh Chuck and others pending availability.

Please note: This film deals with intense subject matter and there are two instances of profanity in the film.


Chinatown Rising
Chinatown Rising.