23 May 2015 | 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
Theme of Insights and Inclusion, programmed by ReelWorld Film Festival
3:00 p.m. | Feature Documentary: “Everything Will Be” by Julia Kwan, followed Q & A
This feature documentary by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood—Vancouver’s once-thriving Chinatown—in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community’s oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory and legacy. Night and day, a neon sign that reads “EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT” looms over Chinatown. Everything is going to be alright. The big question is—for whom?
4:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion on Insights and Inclusion
Asian Canadian second and third-generation filmmakers talk about how they brought their stories to the screen, sharing their challenges and successes.
Moderator: Bobby Del Rio
Panelists: Keith Lock, Jag Parmer, Faisal Lutchmedial, Amanda Joy
6:00 p.m. | Feature Film: “Dowry” by Jag Parmer, followed by Q & A with the Director
Mausam, from an underprivileged family, is finally getting married. Hers is the only anticipated wedding as her sister, Gia, is wheelchair-bound. They only need to arrange for one dowry. But Gia also falls in love and demands a dowry for her own marriage. A family feud erupts between the sisters. Gia’s only teetering support is her mother. The wedding must go on and Mausam pays the price for a dowry that’s simply not enough.
Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc., Social Services Network in partnership with ReelWorld Film Festival
Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; ReelWorld Film Festival; Canadian Studies, University College, University of Toronto; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University; Social Services Network; Bata Shoe Museum
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Citizenahip and Immigration Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council