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“Chan is Missing” — Discussion on Sunday, Feb. 21
Chan has disappeared, along with $4,000 lent to him by Jo and Steve, Chinese American cabbies in San Francisco. Determined to track him down, they hit the streets of Chinatown, interviewing those with connections to Chan. Yet it seems the more they learn, the less they know. Did his struggles to assimilate lead to the elusive immigrant’s disappearance? As Jo tells us, “This mystery is appropriately Chinese: what’s not there seems to have just as much meaning as what is there.”

Vincent Canby of the New York Times called this whimsical, black-and-white indie film “a matchless delight.” In 1997, Entertainment Weekly named it one of the “50 Greatest Independent Films.”

Directed by Wayne Wang, 1982, USA, 77 minutes, English/Cantonese, with subtitles.

Stream “Chan is Missing” free on Kanopy with your Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) card. (If you don’t have a card, you can sign up for one on the MCPL website.) Then join the discussion on Zoom on Sunday, February 21, 7:30 pm. A link to the discussion will be posted to the Town listserv a few days ahead, or request the link by emailing Freda Temple at [email protected]

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