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FREE CHOL SOO LEE Trailer: A Korean Immigrant’s Fight for Justice in Sundance Doc

A documentary that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Julie Ha & Eugene Yi’s Free Chol Soo Lee explores a 20-year-old Korean immigrant’s wrongful murder conviction and death sentence in 1970s San Francisco, and the movement that fought hard to free him. Mubi picked up the rights to the film after its Sundance premiere and will release it on August 12 in NYC’s IFC Center, followed by one-night-only screening events in theaters nationwide on August 17th, then a larger rollout.

Here’s an official synopsis:

In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. After spending years fighting to survive, investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement. Nearly five decades later, FREE CHOL SOO LEE excavates this largely unknown yet essential history to craft a portrait of the complex man at its center and provide an urgent reminder that his legacy is more relevant than ever.

See the trailer and poster below. Find more information about screenings here.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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