Saturday, June 24th
HONORARY DIRECTOR 2017, ANN MARIE FLEMING
CANADIAN ANIMATION FEATURE
Window Horses, directed by Ann Marie Fleming (FeFF Honorary Director 2017). In this animated feature about love – of family, poetry, history, culture – young Canadian poet Rosie Ming is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she had assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself. It’s about building bridges between cultures and generations. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. Rosie goes on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and, perhaps above all, understanding, through learning about her father’s past, her own cultural identity, and her responsibility to it. This film is our small effort to try to add a little more peace, love, and understanding to our increasingly complex and conflicted world through art, poetry, history, and culture. (2016, Animation, 1 hr. 26 min., Vancouver, BC, Canada)
With Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Don McKellar, Omid Abtahi, Navid Negahban, Nancy Kwan, Eddy Ko, Payman Moaadi, and Jun Zhu. (English, Chinese, German, Farsi dialogue)
Total run time: 1 hr. 26 min. Audience Q & A with filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming. Hosted by Naomi McCormack.