The Titanic sank in 1912, leaving only 705 survivors. Among them were six Chinese men whose stories were forgotten until now. Unlike other survivors, they were denied entry to America due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Lee Bing, Fang Lang, Chang Chip, Ling Hee, Ah Lam, and Chung Foo’s stories were lost to history. Director Arthur Jones leads his crew through years of fact-checking and meticulous research to uncover the untold lives of these men. The film shifts its focal point from the fascinating facts regarding their escape from the Titanic itself (James Cameron, an executive producer, admits they inspired the iconic rescue in his 1997 blockbuster), to the generational legacy of their families and lives built in its wake.
Masterfully intertwining the history of American immigration policy at the time of the Titanic to contemporary views on race and citizenship, The Six uncovers the sacrifices and discrimination these men suffered, finally granting them their rightful place in history.
Steven Schwankert, Grace Zhang, James Cameron, Paul Wade, Matthew Baren, David Lee
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Arthur Jones is a British filmmaker based in Shanghai, China. His work includes The Poseidon Project (2013) and A Farewell Song (2006), the latter of which was backed by Channel 4’s BRITDOC Foundation and won the Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the Syracuse International Film Festival. He has also made commissioned films for the Special Olympics, the World Expo, and Shanghai Disneyland. Arthur also regularly directs for National Geographic, BBC, and Discovery. He was the China correspondent for Variety.
A Farewell Song (2006); The Poseidon Project (2013)