2017 marks the 150th year of the Confederation of Canada. With funding from the Ontario150 program and in partnership with Vtape, Reel Asian asked various young artists to rework and reimagine archival footage and home videos based on and inspired by Asian Canadian histories within the province.
Have A Safe Trip
Henry Heng Lu • Canada • 2:38 • English
Have a Safe Trip presents a quick “safety guide” for visitors who travel abroad from a Canadian perspective.
Henry Heng Lu is a Chinese-born, Toronto-based artist, curator, and opera singer. He is co-founder and curator of Call Again, a Toronto-based initiative.
The True North Strong and Free
Miyoshi Nagao • Canada • 6:02 • English
Nagao’s cultural identity struggle makes a connection to her grandmother who faced extreme discrimination following the attack of Pearl Harbor.
As a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, Miyoshi Nagao examines the broad themes of identity by exploring a part of her family’s history.
A Mother’s Love
Rebecca Hong • Canada • 7:48 • English
A Mother’s Love explores the experiences of raising a child as an immigrant and the bicultural identity-conflict among second generation Canadians.
Rebecca Hong is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto and practices multiple arts disciplines, with filmmaking being the most recent avenue.
Winnie Wu • Canada • 3:13 • English
Symphony plays with a sense of being disoriented by juxtaposing videos of Sue who is performing in two different ensembles.
Winnie Wu is a graduate of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto and currently an MFA candidate in Documentary Media at Ryerson University.
Our Origin Is Interconnection
Althea Balmes • Canada • 6:00 • English
Weaving through the complexities of being who we are, in this land, three women reflect on their history and tell us their origin stories.
Althea Balmes is a multidisciplinary Visual Storyteller and Artist-Educator interested in collaborative, playful creative expression to tell stories and make art.
We Dance At Home (Chúng Tôi Nhẩy Đầm ở Nhà)
Julia Huynh • Canada • 7:08 • English, Vietnamese with English subtitles
We Dance At Home highlights a unique Vietnamese diasporic experience and the changing ideas of home in a predominantly white town of Ontario.
Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, Julia Huynh explores her cultural diaspora through use of personal imagery such as family photographs and home videos.
Alvin Luong • Canada • 10:29 • English with English subtitles
Sailors is a science fiction film about existing precariously between a new frontier and an old home, and how this position renders it alien to the individual.
Alvin Luong is an artist interested in why documentations and instructions are created and how they can be interpreted.
But You’re Not Black
Danielle Ayow • Canada • 8:00 • English
Three first-generation Canadians who are children of Chinese-West Indians talk about what it is like to be doubly diasporic, investigating the specific challenges this cultural combination incur.
Danielle Ayow is a Chinese-Trinidadian actor and comedian based in Toronto. This is her first stab on the other side of the camera.