Free Asian Heritage Month Screening and Panel Discussion of Who Killed Vincent Chin? on May 26 and May 27
Detroit 1982. Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man on the eve of his wedding, is chased down and beaten to death by Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz. As the brutal details of the murder emerge, the question arises — was this a hate crime racially motivated by the frenzied xenophobic fears of Japanese auto imports? “It’s never just one thing,” says Renee Tajima-Peña, who along with Christine Choy directed the seminal Asian American film Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Tajima-Peña and Choy tenaciously cover the events surrounding the murder and trial as movements build for justice while investigating and exposing white supremacy, American chauvinism, and the legal system that upholds them. Nominated for an Oscar for best feature-length documentary in 1989, Who Killed Vincent Chin? is a masterfully crafted film full of nuance and pointed fury that has served as a flashpoint for generations of filmmakers and activists. Unavailable on commercial streaming platforms and rarely screened, Who Killed Vincent Chin? is an essential part of our cinematic and community history and remains all too relevant to our present. We see in this film the power of storytelling to document, witness, and shake an audience to the core.
This presentation is only available within Canada and available to watch from 12am ET on May 26 to 11:59pm ET on May 27.
Bonus content: this presentation includes a pre-recorded discussion hosted by filmmaker Yung Chang with co-director Renee Tajima-Peña and activist/educator Annie Tan (cousin of Vincent Chin). They will discuss the legacies of Chin and the film, and how filmmaking craft can reflect and respond to moments and movements.
Tickets are available to the public on May 17 at 10am ET. Become a member by 8:00pm ET on May 13 to receive early access to tickets on May 14 at 10am ET. This is a free screening with a suggestion donation. Every donation and new member’s support helps us get to our 25th Anniversary this fall.
This screening is closed-captioned. The intro will have open captions and the panel discussion will have on-screen ASL interpretation.