Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian®provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.

Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, this non-profit community-based festival has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event that attracts thousands of attendees to 12 exciting days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.

Reel Asian is a not-for-profit charitable cultural organization that advocates for Asian representation through media arts, and will be celebrating it’s 20th festival this year from November 8-19, 2016.




The Home Promised (家諾)
Taipei, like many global cities in Asia, is in the middle of an unprecedented quest for urban redevelopment. As land in the city center becomes more and more valuable, the city has played a significant role in paving over inner-city neighbourhoods with modern structures made out of glass and steel -- all in the name of “urban renewal”. But here, Taipei’s rapidly changing urban landscape belies the very real human costs of expropriation.Directed by emerging Chinese Canadian filmmaker Betty Xie, The Home Promised is a short documentary film that takes us to the heart of one of the last “illegally-constructed” neighbourhoods in downtown Taipei soon to be torn down. With its earliest buildings dating back to the Japanese colonial period, the neighbourhood was later settled by loyal Kuomintang soldiers who fled mainland China after 1949, as well as rural migrants who desired to find jobs in the city. Through its architecture, people, history, and collective memory, the Shaoxing neighbourhood is not only a reflection of Taipei’s current growth and urban history, but also a self-enclosed world within the city center.Shot with a distinct cinema verite style, The Home Promised centers on Wang Chang-biao, the leader of the local residents’ association, and his struggles to help chart a permanent solution for the neighbourhood. Juxtaposed with shots into the everyday life of the residents, the film follows Wang through a visit to a potential relocation site and heated citizens’ meetings. It is during this process of dealing with an uncertain future, that the residents begin to see each other as part of a shared community.Candid and moving, The Home Promised depicts the fight for relocation as an integral part of community-formation, calling into question where and why we belong.
19 min   #Documentary  #Community  #Politics