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Seeking Communities - Nov 12 to Nov 18

In the Shadow of the Pines Anne Koizumi

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A heartbreaking love letter from a daughter to her father. This short film combines animation and archival footage to explore the realities and inner turmoil of many immigrants’ lives. As a child, Anne Koizumi was ashamed of her father and his Japanese culture. Ashamed that he was a school janitor, ashamed that he called her by her Japanese name in front of her friends when she desperately wanted to integrate without making a fuss. Through a two-voice dialogue, the director uses film to reconnect with her father; to give him a voice and put images to his heritage and personal history, in order to achieve a long-delayed but hopeful reconciliation. A superb film about multicultural identity. (Bruno Dequen)

Presented in collaboration with Radio-Canada

In the Shadow of the Pines

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2020
  • V.O : English, Japanese
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 8 MIN
  • Editing : Anne Koizumi
  • Production : Sahar Yousefi
  • Music : Respectfulchild
  • Animation : Anne Koizumi
  • Animation : Jérôme Bretéché
  • Sound Design : Rene Portillo Ruiz

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