In the Rumbling Belly of Motherland provides a sharp look into Zan TV, Kabul’s female-operated, female-oriented news agency. Filmmaker Brishkay Ahmed, returns to Afghanistan to document this simultaneously harrowing and inspiring work environment. The film pulls us into the Afghan political climate and highlights the existential current events that threaten both Zan TV as a media outlet and the livelihoods of the women at its heart.
Canadian Documentary - Long Form
An epic journey of a Filipino-Canadian, who made a promise to his late father to return annually to the Philippines since 2006, inspired a life-changing mission of leading a group of Canadians determined to empower traumatized street children in the devastating wake of Typhoon Yolanda. It is an inspiring story about hope and resilience: from the streets to the basketball courts, from public begging to public performance, and from being insignificant to being part of a loving, surrogate family.
Born to a family of tailors, Tommy Sung grew up in the trade. When his father died, he and his wife Connie took over the family business. In 1996, facing the imminent handover of Hong Kong to China, the couple decided to emigrate to Canada. There, they successfully rebuilt their business making traditional Chinese cheongsam. Twenty years on, they’re ready to retire. But what of the skills that have been handed down in their family for three generations?
In the midst of a global uprising against police brutality and systemic racism, NO VISIBLE TRAUMA is a searing investigation of the deeply troubled Calgary Police Service, which shot and killed more people than the New York or Chicago police departments in 2018. From the kidnapping and beating of a young African immigrant, to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a “wellness check”, the film exposes extreme police brutality and a justice system that refuses to hold officers accountable.
A documentary revealing the nuances of mixed relationships between first-generation Chinese and Canadian while exploring historical taboos and criminalization of interracial relations in Canada. We follow 5 couples in different age groups as they contend with communication challenges, relationships with extended family, differing food habits, financial conflict, interpretation of intimacy, and how their relationships were shaped by the history of mixed relationships in Canada since the 1930’s.
My Farmland explores how Chinese national and Chinese immigrants' investments are affecting traditional Canada’s agricultural sector by following three families: two in tiny Saskatchewan farming communities, the other in the wine-making region of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. The film tells a very human story of how communities react to an influx of people from a different culture who hope for a better life by working the land.