A Conversation between Canadian and Chinese Filmmakers, Tongdao Zhang, Paul Carvalho, and Aonan Yang. Despite their different cultural backgrounds, the 3 filmmakers dedicated to the career they love and play an important role in cross-culture communication between east and west.
The panel was hosted by Miao Song, President of CCIFF, and Chris Pereira, President of the Canadian Ecosystem Institute.
The filmmakers had an in-depth discussion on the movie Born in 2000, including their motivation to film for 12 years, the tactics of encouraging the subjects to open to the camera, how to balance the cultural impact and acceptance, the definition of “time” and “real” in a documentary, the importance of understanding cross-culture communication, etc. It was a great opportunity to be inspired by the life experiences and insights from both the directors and the protagonists.
Xian Hu, Chief Editor of Symbiosis International Media of Canada, Reid Yu, Chief Editor of China News Service, and several audiences interacted with the directors by bringing up the questions that most people cared about. The conversation helped people to achieve a better understanding of the importance of cross-culture communication, as well as the significant role that CCIFF played in bridging the culture between Canada and China.