8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Presented with the support of TAIS as a Community Partner
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
350 King Street West
Canada • 2016 • • RT 88:00 • English, Mandarin and Farsi with English subtitles
Rosie Ming is a 20-year-old poet who lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents. When she’s invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, her grandparents are worried—Rosie has never traveled anywhere alone. Once in Iran, Rosie meets international poets and Persians, and uncovers a secret about her Persian father’s disappearance. Rosie embarks on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and understanding as she learns about her father’s past and her own cultural identity.
Blended with poetry and stories, this debut feature-length animated film by multi award-winning Canadian Spotlight Artist Ann Marie Fleming is a touching voyage of discovery, curiosity, imagination, and bridge-building across cultural and generational divides.
Ann Marie Fleming has been a fixture on the Canadian filmmaking scene for over 25 years. In 2003, Reel Asian closed the festival with The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, a personal film about Fleming’s great-grandfather, a Chinese vaudeville magician who toured the world in the early 1900s. She later adapted the film into a graphic novel, which won the Doug Wright Best Canadian Comic Award and was nominated for two Eisner Awards. A few years later, Fleming established the inaugural Animasian Award at Reel Asian, building the ever-growing animation community in Canada. The festival has been proud to follow Fleming over the years, with her body of work primarily focused on themes of family, history, and memory. Born in Okinawa and of Chinese and Australian parentage, Fleming calls Canada her home, and through her films she embraces her collected experiences of identity in a continuing media critique.
So Happy Anniversary
Lesley Loksi Chan and Midi Onodera
Canada • 2016 • 2:00 • PG • World Premiere
Filmmakers Lesley Loksi Chan and Midi Onodera collaborated on this video anniversary message to Reel Asian. Addison Mari Yamashita-Chou stars in her first role for the screen and no doubt, another star is born.