Media Arts and Studies Lecturer Juanita Anderson to take the stage at Film at Lincoln Center

AndersonDepartment of Communication Senior Lecturer and Media Arts and Studies Area Head Juanita Anderson will take the stage at Film at Lincoln Center as executive producer of Who Killed Vincent Chin? (Christine Choy, Renee Tajima-Peña, 1987) when the newly restored film premieres at the New York Film Festival Oct. 2, 2021. This is Anderson's first national appearance with the film since its initial release more than 33 years ago.

The film was restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive and the Film Foundation, in association with the Museum of Chinese in America. Funding for the restoration was provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, with additional support provided by Todd Phillips. Completed earlier this month, the restoration comes on the heels of a resurgence of anti-Asian violence across the United States.

"The issues raised in the film are as timely now as when the film was first released in 1988," Anderson said. "I'm honored to have this opportunity to discuss the filmmaking process and to help amplify the conversation regarding solutions to the hate crimes, scapegoating, racial profiling and inequities in the justice system, which have become increasingly visible in this era of the pandemic."

New York Film Festival curators describe the Oscar-nominated film as "not so much a documentary murder investigation as a meticulously constructed meditation on the race relations, economic forces and failings of the American legal system that comprised the backdrop for the murder of a Chinese American automotive engineer in Detroit in 1982," noting, that Who Killed Vincent Chin? "remains a stirring, absorbing elegy for justice unserved."

Who Killed Vincent Chin? is a co-production of Detroit Public Television and Film News Now Foundation.

Wayne State University Libraries hold a streaming license to an original educational version of the film, which can be accessed by instructors and students at

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