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LOST YEARS: A People's Struggle for Justice

LOST YEARS is an epic documentary touching upon 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia, covering four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee. Kenda, a Chinese Canadian, travels with his father to China to retrace the steps of his great-grandfather, exactly a century ago, and grandfather, who sailed to Canada in the summer of 1921. For thousands of Chinese immigrants that year, it was a journey of hope that turned into a nightmare when they were confronted with racism and the head tax, depriving them of their rights as citizens. Kenda’s journey takes him across Canada, tracing the experiences of those immigrants and their descendants and the long struggle for redress to right the wrongs of the past. The stories of Larry Kwong, the first hockey player of colour to break the barrier in the NHL, and Gim Wong, an RCAF Officer who fought to join Canada’s military in the Second World War, help document enormous obstacles that had to be overcome for Chinese to become citizens in their own country of birth. The genesis and continuing fight for redress by the Chinese Canadian community is depicted in the stories told by Normie Kwong, a Canadian sports icon and statesman, and May Chiu, a legal activist and Montreal mother who ran against former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin to advance the redress cause. The apology of the Canadian government in 2006 only opens new questions about what impact redress in Canada has on individuals and communities at home and abroad. To find answers, Kenda travels to the USA, New Zealand and Australia where racist immigration policies destroyed as many lives there as in Canada. He discovers that the fight for human rights knows no borders, that the spark struck by the fight for justice of Chinese Canadians has lit a flame that burns around the world.
+ “A beautifully told story … a tribute" - Vernon Morning Star
+ "a documentary about the Chinese-Canadian experience" - New York Times
+ "emotive composition, great archival sources, and overall reverent" - Schema Mag
+ “an examination of the larger Chinese immigrant experience” - Edmonton Journal
+ "the higher end of the spectrum" - Los Angeles Weekly
+ "a film that illuminates" - Georgia Straight
+ "a masterpiece ..." - Bostonese Magazine
+ "powerful" - The Stranger, Seattle
Film Details
Feature
Format: 
HD, 16x9, 1:77
2011
MinutesSeconds
Run time92-
English
Lost Years Productions, Inc.
Credits
Director: 
Kenda Gee
Director: 
Tom Radford
Producer: 
Kenda Gee
Producer: 
Tom Radford
Co-Producer: 
Kenda Gee
Co-Producer: 
Tom Radford
Executive Producer: 
Fred Locke
Executive Producer: 
Allan Kwan
Executive Producer: 
Steve Glassman for CBC TV
Executive Producer: 
Kern Goretzky for CTV Two Alberta
Production Assistant: 
Shao Xia Lee
Production Assistant: 
Derek Kwan
Production Assistant: 
Nathalie Chang
Associate Producer: 
Wei Wong
Production Manager: 
Ellen Au
Production Manager: 
Emma Radford
Editor: 
Brenda Terning
Writer: 
Kenda Gee
Writer: 
Tom Radford
Writer: 
Brenda Terning
Researcher: 
Kenda Gee
Researcher: 
Nigel Murphy
Researcher: 
Wei Wong
Cinematographer: 
Rene Jean Collins
Additional Camera: 
Grigori Ozerski
Additional Camera: 
Daron Donahue
Film Composer: 
Darren Fung
Sound: 
Perry Blackman
Sound: 
Brett Ardiel
Sound Recordist: 
Larry MacDonald
Sound Recordist: 
Jamie Kidd
Online Editor: 
Joe Owens
Narration: 
Kenda Gee
Translator: 
Mandy Luo
Translator: 
Stephen Tsang
Translator: 
Bernard Nguyen
Transcription: 
Sharon Murphy
Distributor: 
Lost Years Media, Inc.
Festival Programmer : 
Kenda Gee
Festival Programmer : 
Helen Wong Adhikari
Production Design/Art Director: 
Helen Wong Adhikari, Publicist (English)
Ashton Wong, New Media
Awards and Festivals
2013, Nominated, Special Jury Award - International Gold Panda Award for Best Documentary (Society), 12th (Biennial) Sichuan TV Festival, Chengdu, Nov 16-18, 2013
2013, Winner, Best of the Best (Festival), 3rd International Film Festival Manhattan, New York, Oct 16-19, 2013
2013, Winner, Best Documentary, 3rd International Film Festival Manhattan, New York, Oct 16-19, 2013
2013, Winner, Film Achievement & Social Advocacy, 3rd International Film Festival Manhattan, New York, Oct 16-19, 2013
2013, Nominated, Best Original Score, Canadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Mar 3, 2013
2013, Nominated, Best Sound, Canadian Screen Awards, Toronto, Mar 3, 2013
2013, Nominated, Best Documentary Poster, 14th Golden Trailer Awards, Los Angeles, May 3, 2013
2013, Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Asians on Film Festival, Los Angeles, Feb 15-17, 2013
2012, Grand Prize Winner, Best Feature Documentary,16th Rhode Island International Film Festival
2012, 38th Seattle International Film Festival (Official Selection)
2012, 65th Yorkton Film Festival, (Finalist, Golden Sheaf Award)
2012, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival "Golden Days" (Best Films in Past Decade)
2012, 9th Park City Film Music Festival (Finalist, Best Impact in a Documentary Award)
2012, 38th Alberta Film & TV Awards (AMPIA), (Nominated, 6 Rosie Awards)
2012, 55th Canadian Society of Cinematographers, (Finalist, Best Documentary Cinematography)
2011, Winner, Best Documentary Award (History & Culture) & Prize, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival