*For more information including educational materials, please visit here: aliceshin.com/signal-fire/
*Commissioned and supported by:
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
Elegoa Cultural Production
Canada Council for the Arts, New Chapter Program Grant
Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival (2021, Halifax, Canada)
Toronto Korean Film Festival (2021, Toronto, Canada)
Forest City Film Festival (2020, London, Canada)
Reelworld Film Festival (2020, Toronto, Canada)
Kingston Canadian Film Festival (2020, Kingston, Canada)
At a loss for communication, a young man accompanies his stoic traditional Chinese grandfather-in-law to visit a loved one’s grave.
Through this film, I hope to juxtapose the richness of Chinese culture against the substantially younger Chinese-Canadian experiences. Just as the older man remains nostalgic for his homeland, even if it is just fleeting, the younger man finds himself at ease within the only environment he has ever known. Knowing the history of his people, and the profound depths of feeling expressed by their greatest poets, the older man considers the environment around him in a wholly different light from his companion, seeing reminders of home more and more as he speaks the poem aloud.