Freep Film Festival - Free Chol Soo Lee

April 28 2023 | 4:00pm

About this film

In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. Lee spends years fighting to survive in a violent California state prison, where he is put on death row after killing an inmate in self-defense. Investigative journalist K.W. Lee of The Sacramento Union takes a special interest in Lee’s case and sparks a social movement that unites Asian Americans to fight Lee’s wrongful conviction, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement. “Free Chol Soo Lee” looks not only at Lee’s time in prison, but the lasting struggles and scars that incarceration leave. Michigan premiere.

The AAPI film series is produced in collaboration with the American Citizens for Justice and being funded with the generous support of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.