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OCT 18, 9:00 AM
Signal Fire is a gracefully quiet film about a first-generation Chinese Canadian man who accompanies his grandfather to the grave of a loved one. This film is seemingly simple but incredibly important. Though the two have difficulty communicating due to language barriers, Shin’s film communicates and highlights the import of holding on to one’s culture, especially when living in a country steeped in Eurocentric narratives.
Today this messaging has never been more true, as this film begs the question, if you don’t know where you come from, how will the ones who come after you?
Alice Shin is a Korean filmmaker who received her formal film training at Nihon University, Japan. Since then, she has been working in Japan, Korea, the USA, and Canada as a director and producer. Having moved to Canada as a permanent resident, Alice’s work takes an interest in Asian-Canadian experiences.