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Documentary filmmaker profiled Asian-American film producer in "Finding Kukan"

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Filmmaking duo Li ling-Ai and Rey Scott are the subjects of director Robin Lung's documentary, "Finding Kukan," screened at UNG on Oct.17.

Filmmaker Robin Lung was on the University of North Georgia (UNG) Dahlonega Campus for a screening and question-and-answer session of her documentary, "Finding Kukan" at the Library and Technology Center on Oct. 17.

In the film, Lung documents the career of Li Ling-Ai, a Chinese-American female film producer of the movie "Kukan," a documentary she made with photojournalist Rey Scott, that revealed the atrocities of occupying Japanese forces in China during World War II. "Kukan" received the honor of being the first-ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942.

After making "Kukan," Ling-Ai went on to educate Americans about Chinese history and culture while documenting her own Chinese-American experience. She later was the director of the Far Eastern Department of Ripley's Believe It or Not, later co-hosting the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" television program on NBC. Ling-Ai maintained a lecture career well into her 80s. She died in New York City in 2003 at the age of 95.

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