POV: Who Killed Vincent Chin

POV: Who Killed Vincent Chin

Mon, 06/20/2022 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death, WXXI presents a special encore presentation of the Academy Award® nominated film.

WXXI brings you an encore presentation of this gripping 1987 film, Who Killed Vincent Chin on Monday, June 20 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The film recently restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and also selected for the National Film Registry.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the racially motivated murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, murdered by two white men, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, in Detroit, Michigan on June 19, 1982. The documentary, which originally aired on POV in March 1987, details the incident from initial eye-witness accounts, the ensuing murder trials to the lenient sentences the assailants received, and the repercussions for the families and community involved. Who Killed Vincent Chin? also chronicles how the case brought the disparate Asian American communities of Detroit together for the first time, and how they transformed themselves from a grassroots advocacy group into a national movement.

Prior to the broadcast, PBS Books presents two LIVE virtual events on WXXI's Facebook:

Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m.: Author Talk with Paula Yoo to discuss her recently published book, "From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement" 

Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m.: Conversation with Filmmakers Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?"