For the third consecutive year, we are very proud to be co-presenting a program of short films at the Reel Asian Film Festival. This programme, entitled Rewind, Pause, Play, is playing Monday November 10th at 1:00pm at AGO Jackman Hall. Here are some details about the films in the lineup:
Director: Vladimir Leschiov | Canada/Latvia 2014 | 8:15
An elderly Japanese man boards a ferry bound for an unknown island. As he looks out over the water, the falling rain triggers a string of memories, including a childhood experience in Fukuoka.
100 Crushes: The Tie
Director: Elisha Lim | Canada 2014 | 2:00
A father’s gift makes his transgendered child feel loved. “There was such a lifetime of words that I wanted to say to my dad. Instead I just kept saying ‘Thank you’.”
Kore Kara: From Now On
Director: Ivy Yukiko Oldford | Canada, Japan 2013 | 14:35 | Japanese with English subtitles
“Kore kara” is a Japanese phrase used when talking about aspirations and looking ahead to the future. This short film documents kids in post-tsunami Japan, as they look to the future despite the disaster of 2011.
Tears of Inge
Director: Alisi Telengut | Canada 2013 | 4:21 | Mongolian with English subtitles
Based on a Mongolian nomadic story, the animation takes place after a camel mother abandons her child.
Directors: Cindy Mochizuki, Emma Hendrix | Canada 2012 | 5:30
A conversation with Lennox Johnston-Yu leads us to an imaginary monster by the name of Kudok. This short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö, directed by James Long.
1967: A People Kind of Place
Director: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen | Canada 2012 | 20:00
The small community of St. Paul, located 300 km north east of Edmonton, inaugurated the world’s first UFO Landing Pad on June 3, 1967, as a symbolic welcome to the whole world and inter-galactic beings to Canada.
Director: Han Han Li | China/Canada/USA 2013 | 11:00 | Cantonese with English subtitles
This animation-live action hybrid revolves around highly subjective and fragmented memories of lost neighbourhoods. Touching upon the problems of gentrification and forced deportation in the old Eastern District of Beijing, the film evokes a soft feeling of melancholia.
A Story of Elusive Snow
Director: Minha Park | USA 2013 | 14:33 | Korean with English subtitles
This is a story of a woman who is looking for the snow that remind her of her motherland South Korea in Los Angeles. A personal essay film about artificial snow playfully explores our desire for illusion and magic.
The Home Promised
Director: Betty Xie | Canada 2014 | 20:00 | Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles
When residents in an old neighbourhood face eviction, they struggle to fight for relocation. Through this process, they find a home that they never knew they had. As an emerging filmmaker, Betty Xie believes that extraordinary stories are embedded in the everyday life of ordinary people, and she is on a life-long search for the extraordinary/ordinary.
Congratulations to the winner from our October 23rd screening who won tickets to this great programme. We hope you enjoy it! Tickets are just $12 ($10 for seniors and students) and are available online or at the door. As of the date of this post, the online tickets are sold out, but more tickets will be available at The Royal at 6 pm on Friday November 7th, or an hour before the screening on November 10th!