Chika's Bird

Chikas Bird

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Targeted by the school bully because of her Japanese heritage and misunderstood by her no-nonsense mother, Chika is a shy and dreamy child who finds solace in her aged grandfather. After school, she spends hours mesmerized by the magic he gently creates through the ancient art of origami. But when his increasing memory lapses turn out to be Alzheimer's, Chika must learn to offer her beloved grandfather the tenderness he's always shown her, a turning point that sparks her to assert herself for the first time.

With an exquisite simplicity, Chika's Bird captures the pure spirit with which a child responds to one of life's hard lesson.

Award(s): Golden Sheaf for Best Children/Youth Production, Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival; Best Short Film, Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children

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