May 23 - 6 PM | May 24 – 4 PM @ HARVARD EXIT THEATER
LOST YEARS is an epic documentary touching upon 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia, covering four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee. Kenda, a Chinese Canadian, travels with his father to China to retrace the steps of his great-grandfather, exactly a century ago, and grandfather, who sailed to Canada in the summer of 1921. For thousands of Chinese immigrants that year, it was a journey of hope that turned into a nightmare when they were confronted with racism and the head tax, depriving them of their rights as citizens.
LOST YEARS is Winner, Best Documentary Award (History & Culture) & Prize, 9th Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Dec 5, 2011. It is nominated for 6 Rosies, 38th AMPIA Awards, May 12, 2012; the Golden Sheaf Award, 65th Yorkton Film Festival, May 24-27, 2012; and, Best Documentary Cinematography, 55th Canadian Society of Cinematographers Gala Awards, Toronto.
Lost Years Official Selection is sponsored by:
4Culture, Canadian Studies Center – University of Washington, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Washington State Arts Commission
LOST YEARS Pre-Screening Panel
In addition to the film, there will be a special pre-screening panel at the University of Washington presented by Seattle International Film Festival,Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies & American Ethnic Studies (AES), University of Washington. The panel includes Co-Producer/ Director Kenda Gee, and OCA-Seattle board members Dr. Connie So (Senior Lecturer, AES) & Doug Chin.
Thursday, May 24 11:30 am
Smith Hall, Rm 205, U of W, Seattle Campus
Partners: Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Seattle; Chinese American Historical Society, Greater Seattle; Center for Global Studies and East Asia Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.