Been Here So Long

Been Here So Long

in the Reel Asian Festival Lounge<BR>@401 Richmond St. W., 440-B

Daily 12-6pm, Nov.13-18, 2017

Been Here So Long is a partnership project between Reel Asian International Film Festival and Vtape that saw eight local artists  commissioned to create new short films examining and exploring Asian Canadian histories within Ontario. Using their own archival materials – home movies, family photos, personal documents – each produced a work that offers challenging questions for official views of multiculturalism. Each reworks and re-imagines story-telling from the perspective of Asian Canadian diaspora, raising issues of displacement. cultural stereotyping and inter-generational memory. The full programme was screened on Friday Nov. 0, 2017, at TIFF Bell Lightbox in the 21st Annual Reel Asian International Film Festival.


Have A Safe Trip, 2:46. Henry Heng Lu

The True North Strong And Free, 6:07, Miyoshi Nagao

A Mother’s Love, 8:21, Rebecca Hong

Symphony, 3:13, Winnie Wu

Our Origin Is Interconnection, 6:08, Althea Balmes

We Dance At Home, 7:08, Julia Huynh

Sailors, 10:45, Alvin Luong

But You’re Not Black, 7:17, Danielle Ayow

Image credit: We Dance At Home, Julia Huynh, 2017

Been Here So Long received support from Ontario 150 with Charles Street Video as a community partner. Project coordinators: Jihee Min and Joseph Chung. Vtape mentors and technical assistance: Brian Kent Gotro, Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. Special thanks to Jennifer Su and Tayler Wong.