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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Massacre at Hells Canyon

Directed by Kami Horton

United States / 2016 / Documentary, History / 28 mins


MASSACRE AT HELLS CANYON tells the story of Chinese immigrants who were instrumental in building the American West, but they faced unprecedented legalized discrimination and violence. The US’s worst mass murder of Chinese by whites happened in rural Oregon when a gang of horse thieves killed as many as 34 Chinese gold miners. For over a century, the murders were covered up, and no one was held accountable. Today, the massacre at Hells Canyon is finally being acknowledged.

Director's Bio

Kami Horton is a writer and producer for OPB’s historical documentary series OREGON EXPERIENCE. Previously, she worked on OPB and PBS productions including CAPRIAL & JOHN’S KITCHEN, the NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER, the NEW HEROES, and PINK MARTINI: DISCOVER THE WORLD. Kami began her broadcasting career as a journalist in Southern Oregon. She also shot and produced videos in Russia and Belgium. Her work has been recognized with several Telly awards, NW Regional Emmys, Western Writers of America awards, Society of Professional Journalists awards, and a CINE Golden Eagle, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Southern Oregon University and a master’s degree in Nonfiction Writing from Portland State University. She is a seventh generation Oregonian and passionate about history.


  1. All Our Father’s Relations

    Alejandro Yoshizawa / Canada / 2016 / Documentary / 57 mins
    In ALL OUR FATHER'S RELATIONS, three siblings - whose mother was the last fluent hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaker from the Musqueam First Nation - travel to their father's ancestral village in China for the first time, in order to better understand the challenges their parents faced and how it fractured their lives and relationships.

    Preceded by: Massacre at Hells Canyon

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