Pui Chan Kung Fu Pioneer with Mimi Chan
Co Host Monica Rosales of DocMiami.
Special Guest: Mimi Chan
Step into the extraordinary life of Pui Chan, a Chinese immigrant who overcame challenges in early childhood… and eventually made a life for himself.… One that would touch the lives of many others around the world. It all started with a simple dream… and today, the dream lives on. This family-authorized biography follows the path of a young boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training, escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces opportunity in a new land. Watch Pui Chan from the beginning, as an eager martial arts instructor in 1960s Boston, Massachusetts, open his own Kung Fu school, and start to spread the tradition, always maintaining the original fundamentals and values he learned as a boy.
Pui Chan would finally realize his dream of building the first authentic Chinese martial arts temple in America as a tribute to his kung fu master. The now highly recognized Grandmaster Pui Chan, 6th generation successor of the Wah Lum Kung Fu System, is one of the pioneers responsible for bringing traditional Kung Fu to America, and leads an internationally renowned martial arts school and system across the world.
Fifty years later, Pui Chan’s eldest daughter and successor Mimi Chan confronts a new set of challenges, trying to keep the traditional values alive in an increasingly modernized era.
Narrated by Mimi Chan.
In the Footsteps of Willie Sutton
Guest Co Host: Monica Rosales of DocMiami.org
In the Footsteps of Willie Sutton is a documentary film based on the life a colorful and famous bank robber, who was once dubbed The Babe Ruth of Bank Robbers by a NYPD Police Commissioner. Sutton’s criminal career takes us from the 1920s into the early 1950s. A master of disguise, he used finesse to gain entry into banks. Posing at times as a messenger or policeman, he eventually earned him the nickname Willie the Actor. Using his charm, wits, and smooth talking, Sutton never had to resort to violence. When arrested, it was not an easy task keeping Willie locked up. He successfully broke out of three prisons, all considered until then as escape-proof. The film takes us through these three prisons today and walks us through his masterful escapes. Using licensed stock footage and photographs, the film returns us to the eras when Sutton was robbing banks, busting out of prison, and on the lam as a fugitive. Visits to actual locations where events in the life of Willie Sutton took place, along with period music adds authenticity to the story. Newsreel footage is used to revisit Willie’s final arrest in 1952, followed weeks later by the ruthless murder of the young man who identified him. A murder case that remains unsolved to this day. Deep research has led to interviews of persons who played significant roles in Sutton’s life, who tell some fascinating stories of one of the most unique criminals in history.
Remembering Col Cornelio Rojas Fernandez
Barbara Rangel, Col Rojas granddaughter and grandson Silvio Gonzalez. Producer & Director Agustin Blazquez, Author, Brian LFrench, Musician, Steve Pichan and Humberto Fontova, author of numerous books and expert on Totalitarian and Dictatorial regimes. Col. Cornelio Rojas Fernandez born in Cuba in the 1900’s His aspirations were to become a military man like his ancestors, after graduation, he began his military career in Cuba’s National Police where he was a Captain, Commander then General Inspector of Cuba’s National Police. With hard work and dedication he became the Chief of Police for the Leoncio Vidal Regiment in Santa Clara. Col Rojas was a pillar of his community, known for his public service and philanthropy, Col. Rojas had a great heart and strong family values. In 1931, he fought for democracy against dictator Gerardo Machado as group leader under Manuel Balan. He came from a line of distinguished patriots, Mambises that fought in Cuba’s War on Independence against Spain. His father Lt. Col. Cornelio Rojas Escobar joined the war of 1895-1898 and his grandfather, Brigadier Col. Cornelio Rojas Hurtado was a 3 Star General that fought in the 3 wars: The Ten-Years War, The Small War and the War of Independence against Spain. When the war ended on 08/24/1898 he was promoted to Brigadier General, he died of natural causes at the age of 88. In January 1959 Castro imposed communism in Cuba and Col. Cornelio Rojas who was Chief of Police in Santa Clara, went missing. Later the family found out that Che Guevara, had occupied Santa Clara and had arrested him for being a high ranking officer. Meanwhile, the Rojas family receives a comunicado a “salvo conducto” from Guevara himself, explaining that no harm would come to Col. Rojas. On January 7,1959 only days after his capture, while the Rojas family was watching television regular programming was interrupted to exhibit the live execution of Col. Cornelio Rojas.
Agustin Blazquez – Cuban Filmmaker of Documentry “COVERING CUBA 7: Che Guevara. The other side of an Icon“
Steve Pichan – songwriter / recording artist of “You don’t know Che“
Humberto Fontova – Author of book “Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him“
Brian Llyod French – Author of book “Mojito!“