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Activist Filmmaking with Lawrence Chau


Location: Bartos Screening Room

This event features a dynamic discussion with actor/writer/producer Lawrence Chau (who may be best know for the Ghostly Encounters television series) and Rashid Shabazz, the Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer at, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization with over 1.4 million members, and actress/filmmaker Nadhege Ptah.

Their discussion will be preceded by the screening of Lawrence Chau’s short film, Justice for Vincent.

Synopsis: A brutal case of bloodshed, a mother’s gut-wrenching loss, and a community’s outrage, Justice For Vincent is an intensely disturbing yet inspiring modern story about race told from a rarely seen Asian American perspective. The award-winning short film is based on the historic Vincent Chin case that that played a major role in the Asian American civil rights movement in the United States.

Mistaken for being Japanese, Chinese American citizen Chin was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat days before his wedding by two auto workers during the so-called “Japanese Auto Invasion” in Detroit 1982 — a crime that saw the murderers walk free with a mere $3,000 fine and three-year probation.

Archival images of the Chin case featured in the film were graciously provided by real life activists Helen Zia, Stewart Koh, and photojournalist Corky Lee.

Watch the trailer.

Late addition bonus: Paris Blues in Harlem directed by Nadhege Ptah

When a desperate woman attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub, she has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a real estate agent’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left she is faced with a choice between legacy and money. View Paris Blues in Harlem trailer

Starring Tonya Pinkins, Tony Award Winning Actress, Walking Dead, All My Children, Gotham, Scandal

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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