Alice in Big Noses Land

Alice in Big Noses' Land

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This documentary follows filmmaker Nicole Giguere and her adopted Chinese daughter Alice, as they and many of their friends face the challenges of living in North America within a hybrid family.

Awakening the Dragons

Awakening the Dragons

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Documentary about the first all Chinese-Canadian women's dragon boat racing team.

Beyond the Gardens Wall: The Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet

Beyond the Gardens' Wall: The Immigrant Workers of Tod Inlet

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Stories of early 20th century Sikh and Chinese immigrants who built first a cement plant, and then the Butchart Gardens, enriches the history of Vancouver Island, while illustrating the harsh impact Canada's restrictive immigration laws had on those communities.

Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit

Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit

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This documentary, released for distribution in November 2000, delves into the history of the Chinese workers without whom Canada's national railway could never have been realized.

Cedar and Bamboo

Cedar and Bamboo

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Four people of mixed Chinese and First Nations heritage talk about their heritage and identity.

Comrade Dad

Comrade Dad

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Writer/director Karin Lee reflects on her father Wally Lee and the communist bookstore that he ran on Vancouver's Skid Row from the mid-1960s until the early 1980s.

Distant Sounds: The Story of Qui Xia

Distant Sounds: The Story of Qui Xia

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Distant Sounds profiles Qiu Xia He, a Chinese-born pipa musician who lives in Vancouver.

Escapades of the One Particular Mr. Noodle

Escapades of the One Particular Mr. Noodle

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A humorous and personal take on the assimilation question, this film concerns a second-generation Chinese-Canadian who recalls her childhood in a white middle class suburb in the 1960s.

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

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Filmmaker Xia Tong explores the loneliness and turmoil that often mark the transition to a new country.

A Fortune in Frozen Dim Sum

A Fortune in Frozen Dim Sum

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Filmmaker Ling Chiu tells the sweet, complex and near-tragic tale of one Chinese immigrant family and their brush with disaster and fortune.

Just Smile and Nod

Just Smile and Nod

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In this short drama, the communication gap between 10-year-old Matt and his elderly Chinese grandfather is anything but typical.

The Last Chinese Laundry: The Chinese in Newfoundland

The Last Chinese Laundry: The Chinese in Newfoundland

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The Last Chinese Laundry relates the story of the Chinese in Newfoundland since their first arrival in 1895. Forced to leave their wives and children behind in China, the men endured both loneliness and prejudice as they toiled for a meagre living in the hand laundries of St. John's.

Made in China: The Story of Adopted Chinese Children in Canada

Made in China: The Story of Adopted Chinese Children in Canada

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Made in China tells the story of several remarkable children from China between the ages of five and thirteen who make three regions of Canada-British Columbia, Québec, and Newfoundland-their new home.

Mahjong & Chicken Feet

Mahjong & Chicken Feet

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Jacqueline Levitin, filmmaker and professor in Film and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University travels to China to seek out traces of her family's past.

Me, Mom and Mona

Me, Mom and Mona

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In this evocative and entertaining documentary, ­Su Yee Shum and her two daughters Mina and Mona­ share in a discussion that reveals the impact of conflicting values on their lives. Patriarchal expectations imposed by cultural traditions and by Mr. Shum clash with each woman's independent identity and feminist aspirations.

My Sweet Peony

My Sweet Peony

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My Sweet Peony merges the unexpected, and the fantastical flavour of a Chinese fairy tale to tell the magical story of Zamma Chen, a Chinese-Canadian garden guide.

The Panama

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Tony Chan revisits his childhood and interviews several members of his family who ran The Panama Cafe, close to Chinatown in Victoria, BC, for over 30 years. The Panama provides a glimpse of life in Victoria during the depression and of the contributions of the Chan family to the community.

Pioneers of X-Ray Technology (a film about grandpa)

Pioneers of X-Ray Technology (a film about grandpa)

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Pioneers of X-Ray Technology is a portrait of the filmmaker's grandfather, Dr. Ernest To, a 91-year-old Chinese man who watched Hong Kong enter the twentieth century while he voraciously made images as a photographer, moviemaker, and radiologist

Roger Ings Utopia

Roger Ing's Utopia

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Enter the eclectic world of Roger Ing, a prolific Canadian artist, philanthropist, and former ower/operator of the New Utopia Café in Regina, a place where magical moments happened and a legend was created.

Small Pleasures

Small Pleasures

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Small Pleasures is a unique film featuring three women (First Nations, Chinese and European) who use the pre-colonial trade language of Chinook Jargon to convey to each other complex ideas about feminist resistance in late 19th century Canada.

 

Tethers

Tethers

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With voice-over and a montage of visual images, a young woman recounts her past, describing her family's move from China, to Canada, and how her parents were forced to decide which child to leave behind, their son or daughter.

Wayson Choy: Unfolding the Butterfly (Secrets & Memories)

Wayson Choy: Unfolding the Butterfly (Secrets & Memories)

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This inspiring documentary explores the rich and extraordinary life of storyteller, sage and activist Wayson Choy through his own words.