TORONTO REEL ASIAN: A STARTING POINT

[MFW8 GUEST PROGRAM]

Day 4. Slot 2.


Monday, 5 September 2022

8.15 pm

at Uma Seminyak



Free Entry

TORONTO REEL ASIAN: A STARTING POINT

Where does a filmmaker’s journey begin? And, can we revisit this moment? A Starting Point recognizes the value of beginnings and wonders how we might return to “first films” as

a place for regrowth.

Programmer: Kelly Lui


The Orchid And The Tree / Ganesh Thava / Canada / 2021 / Fiction

Wave Hands Like Clouds / Jennifer Su / Canada / 2018 / Fiction

Express Lane / Aram Siu Wai Collier, Rudy Chong / Canada / 1997 / Fiction

Ahu’s Journal / Weeda Azim / Canada / 2021 / Fiction


01


THE ORCHID AND THE TREE

Dir. Ganesh Thava, Canada, 2021


The echoes of grief linger decades after in a South Asian family

that did not, could not, get around to talking about it


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02


WAVE HANDS LIKE CLOUDS

Dir. Jennifer Su, Canada, 2018


Tai Chi practitioners explore their connection to the martial art in this hybrid documentary music video set in Toronto’s Grange Park and Scarborough


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03


CHAKAR

Dir. Harman Kang Canada, 2021


A young woman is stopped by a middle-aged Punjabi man. Things take a turn for the uncanny, as the young woman is presented with a choice that will change the course of her life


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04


GOREE

Dir. Haaris Qadri, Canada, 2016


A 9-year-old Pakistani-Canadian girl struggles to understand her mother’s cultural expectations of beauty.


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05


WATERING

Dir. James Legaspi, Canada, 2021


Watering is a semi-autobiographical short film through which the filmmaker reflects on the passing of their childhood dog, and how it continues to inform their navigation of daily life


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06


EXPRESS LANE

Dir. Aram Siu Wai Collier, Rudy Chong, Canada, 1997


Express Lane is an adrenaline-laced, technically virtuosic thrilling chase throughout urban San Francisco, somewhere between a pedestrian Bullitt and an under-21 Pulp Fiction.


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07


AHU’S JOURNAL

Dir. Weeda Azim, Canada, 2021


Eager for an escape from her family, Safiya moves out to a sublet of an acquaintance, Ahu. She soon comes across a journal with entries that take her on a reflective journey—Ahu’s journal.









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