Directed by Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki (To appear in-person!)
2017 | Narrative, Experimental | USA | 57 min
Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee (1894 - 1955), who, after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, LIGHT is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. In LIGHT, Aoki and Lee highlight the lives of women, including Bessie M. Lee, who through the resilience and triumph over unimaginable experiences, were grounding forces in the creation of the New York Chinatown community in the early 1900s.
Preceded by a live performance by dancer Leonora Lee and music by Tatsu Aoki and Francis Wong