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The Early Films of Lee Isaac Chung

The Early Films of Lee Isaac Chung

3 Episodes

Three early features from Lee Isaac Chung, the Oscar-nominated director of MINARI...

MUNYURANGABO
Winner - AFI Fest - Grand Jury Award
“A voyage to the heart of African history, memory and identity.” –International Herald Tribune

After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend, Sangwa, leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Their friendship, however, is tested when Sangwa’s parents disapprove of Munyurangabo, warning that “Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.”

LUCKY LIFE
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival
“A hauntingly familiar look at the elusive nature of memory.” –IndieWire

A group of friends travels to the beach in hopes of encouraging Jason (Kenyon Adams), who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Some time later, as Mark (Daniel O’Keefe) and Karen (Megan McKenna) plan to have a child, the beach trip lingers as a haunting memory.

ABIGAIL HARM
Winner - Best Film, Best Director - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
“Engrosses and fascinates long after it's over.” –LA Weekly

Abigail Harm (Amanda Plummer) lives alone on the outskirts of the city. One day, she recalls an old story about a woodcutter who saves the life of a mystical deer and is granted his wish for a companion. Before long, this tale seems to come alive in Abigail’s own lonely world.

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The Early Films of Lee Isaac Chung
  • Munyurangabo

    Episode 1

    After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend, Sangwa, leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Munyurangabo wants justice for his parents who were killed in the genocide, and Sangwa wants to visit the home he deserted years ago. Though they plan to visit S...

  • Lucky Life

    Episode 2

    Inspired by the poetry of Gerald Stern. A group of friends travels to the beach in hopes of encouraging Jason (Kenyon Adams), who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The journey is rooted in nostalgia and the desire for a meaningful farewell, although the friends avoid discussing Jason’s ill...

  • Abigail Harm

    Episode 3

    Abigail Harm (Amanda Plummer) reads books to the blind and lives alone on the outskirts of the city. Keeping her eyes turned away from everyone, she secretly watches, listens and hopes. One day, Abigail recalls an old story about a woodcutter who saves the life of a mystical deer and is granted h...