Window Horses | 2016
Directed by Venk Potula
Thu Jun 7 | 6:50 PM
Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, 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, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself. It's about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. 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.
Genre Narrative Short
Ann Marie has been making award-winning films for over 25 years that deal with family, history, memory and issues of identity. NEW SHOES, BLUE SKIES, I WAS A CHILD OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, even the dark THE FRENCH GUY all deal with tough subjects with a light touch. She adapted her animated feature doc, THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM into a graphic novel, which won Best Canadian Comic and was nominated for 2 Eisner Awards. WINDOW HORSES comes out of a combination of her own personal experiences and the stories of others she has collected and imagined along her peripatetic journey through life. She is mixed race, calls Canada her home, and that has affected everything she does.
Q&A to follow with Director