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CHOSEN

On January 13, 1903, the first group of Koreans arrived in Hawai‘i, marking this day as Korean American Day. But the U.S. and Korea first established diplomatic relations through a treaty in 1882. In the treaty, Korea is referred to as ‘Chosen.’ However, since 1903, only two Korean Americans have been elected to US Congress. In 2020, five Korean Americans of diverse backgrounds make a bid for congressional seats. CHOSEN follows these five candidates through the highs and lows of their campaigns, examining what it means to be Korean American in an era of radical change and uncertainty.

David Kim is a young, progressive, LGBTQ candidate running in Koreatown, Los Angeles. His father, a far right conservative Christian pastor, rejects his son’s sexuality yet makes a temporary truce during the election.

Marilyn Strickland is a half Korean, half Black, Democrat running in Tacoma, Washington, while Republicans Young Kim and Michelle Park Steel, who show unapologetically strong allegiance to President Trump, run in Orange County, CA. Then finally, the only Democratic incumbent Andy Kim faces an uphill battle as no Democrat was reelected in his district in over 150 years.

They are determined to make history.

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Virtual Screening Nov 3 – 27th | Only Accessible from HAWAII

Virtual Screening Nov 3 – 27th | Only Accessible from HAWAII | Access Starts at the Above Time

Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Joseph Juhn
PRODUCER(S)Joseph Juhn / Tatyana Kim (Co-Producer)
SCREENWRITER(S)Joseph Juhn, Eui Yong Zong (Editor)
CASTDavid Kim, Marilyn Strickland, Andy Kim, Michelle Steel Park, Young Kim
CINEMATOGRAPHERWalter Diaz

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: HAWAI‘I PREMIERE
YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 89 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English, Korean
SUBTITLES: English

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