Chinatown Rising

Documentary Feature (In Post-production)


Director and Producer: Harry Chuck

Producer: James Q. Chan

Co-Producer: Josh Chuck

Cinematographer: Harry Chuck (16mm, 8mm); Anson Ho

Editor: Greg Louie

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 (working title) 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.


This project is made possible with support from the CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA (CAAM) with funding provided by CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB).


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With additional support from our beloved Chinatown community + allies AND our 372 fabulous Kickstarter Backers:



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