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Montreal Families

Festival showcases cultural films

If you would like to expose your children to Chinese culture right here in Montreal, you may want to take them to one of the world-renowned films showing at the Canada-China International Film Festival (CCIFF) from Sept. 13-16.

For the third year, the festival, in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, will have movies for the entire family at the Hall Building of Concordia University.

The main event will be the screening of seven short animation films for children on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Hall Building’s Alumni Auditorium:

Where’s Mama, a Chinese production that follows the adventures of six tadpoles who are looking for their mother;

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse is the tale of two mice with vastly different lifestyles. Ultimately, the film suggests it is far better to live simply and in peace than to live in luxury amidst danger;

Sunday, a Canadian animation and 2011 Oscar nominee tells the story of a boy who throws a coin on the nearby train tracks simply because he is bored;

Me and My Moulton, a 2014 Academy Award winner, is a tale of a 7-year-old girl and her sisters, who ask for a bicycle knowing full well that their loving yet unconventional parents will likely disappoint them;

Winds of Spring, a story of a young girl who decides to leave the family nest in search of self-fulfillment;

Chasing the Sun, a Chinese animation about a person’s journey to finding themselves, and;

OCD, the account of a girl who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and gives in to fear and anxiety when she notices gaps between objects, which sends her in a world of illusions.

It’s no accident that all these films share themes of family bonding. According to organizer Yumiao Ding, who is also a film studies student at Concordia, the goal of having this segment for children is to not only expose young kids to Chinese culture, but to strengthen the ties parents have with their kids. Admission to these screenings is $10. All proceeds go to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. You can buy your tickets at the door, or in advance at eventbrite.ca.

The other films showing at the festival include selections from the National Film Board collection, as well as movies submitted by young Chinese and/or Canadian directors.

Enter the Forbidden City, a film about an opera group from the 18th century who travel to Beijing to celebrate the Emperor’s birthday, will open the festival on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Born to be Wild: The Graduation Trip, a film about two university roommates who embark on a life-changing mountain climbing trip after graduation, will be shown Saturday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Li Shan is a Chinese drama about a doctor who finds out about a government health-scare cover up and screens at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Prices vary from $10 to $20.

For more information, visit cciff.cn.

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