Lost Years

Title: Lost Years: A People's Struggle for Justice
Directors: Kenda Gee and Tom Radford
Year: 2012
Length: : 92 minutes
Available: Lost Years

Having a review on a documentary about Chinese history on a gay website may seem unusual. There are many gay, bisexual and trans Chinese. In order to support GLBT people, it is necessary to support people of all races and ethnicities. The same attitudes used to justify discrimination against sexual minority peoples are used to justify discrimination against people on the basis of their race. Created Gay stands opposed to discrimination against all people, not just against gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people. The documentary Lost Years is an award-winning video. The video cover states Lost Years won the Best Documentary History and Culture award at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Grand Prize Best Feature Documentary at the 16th Rhode Island International Film Festival and Official Selection at the 16th Seattle International Film Festival. Lost Years was a Finalist in several film festivals, including the Park City Film Music Festival, the Yorkton Film Festival, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, the Gala Awards and the Alberta Film and Television Awards.

Lost Years is a documentary about 150 years of Chinese history and pioneering in Canada. While the documentary is about Canadian history, there are elements of United States Chinese history. Europeans wishing to enter the United States could enter in as little as two hours, while Chinese immigrants might need to wait as long as two years. United States policies restricting Chinese immigration and oppressive actions that drove many Chinese immigrants out of some United States Pacific cities impacted on Canadian immigration policies. The Canadian Government placed a heavy "head tax" on only Chinese immigrants, forcing Chinese immigrants to pay money to immigrate.

Even though Chinese pioneers helped build Canada, building the most dangerous parts of the railroad through the mountains of British Columbia, Chinese immigrants in Canada faced challenges of discrimination that generally excluded the Chinese from some occupations and that made it difficult for Chinese men to serve in the military.

Though Lost Years we hear Chinese pioneers and their families telling stories of their contributions to Canada and of their struggle for equality and justice. The stories are moving and need to be heard by all Canadians.

Additional information about Lost Years can be found online at the Lost Years website, http://www.lostyears.ca. The documentary can be ordered online from the Lost Years website.