Thousand Pieces of Gold

105 mins.
Directed by Nancy Kelly
PG-13
1991

Playing through Thursday, June 4.
 

  • Ticket price: $12 for unlimited viewing within a 5-day rental period.
     
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the Kino Now app for Roku and Apple TV, or through your internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.
     

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Set in a mining town in the 1880s, THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD is based on the classic novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn with a screenplay by award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace (TRIBAL JUSTICE).

Upon its release in 1990, the film won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho's gold country. Eventually Charlie (Chris Cooper), a man of different ilk, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust.

After THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, Director Nancy Kelly (a native of North Adams, MA) became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry. She was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo.