The 2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Point of View magazine is thrilled to be on board as a Community Partner at the 16th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, taking place November 6-11 in downtown Toronto and November 16-17 in Richmond Hill.

As a Community Partner, we’ll be co-presenting the film People’s Park, screening on Friday, November 9th at 7:00pm, in AGO’s Jackman Hall. Synopsis:

“A single, uninterrupted shot just shy of 80 minutes meanders through People’s Park in the heart of Chengdu, Sichuan province. Elegant and brilliantly composed at every turn, this documentary engages the senses and presents viewers an intimate cross-section of a Chinese urban oasis. Cohn and Sniadecki’s virtuosic cinematography is simple yet meticulous: one holds the camera while seated in a wheelchair and the other navigates their pre-determined path through the park. Passing lush lawns, waltzing couples and lounging musicians, People’s Park does not cease to mesmerize, as viewers are led to stroll along with the crowds in realtime through this microcosm of society.

The site of protests in 1911 that eventually brought down the Qing Dynasty and Chinese Imperial rule, People’s Park is now a stage for citizens of all ages and stripes to congregate and daydream, to set their own pace, to coexist in the closely shared social space. The unobtrusive gaze of the camera goes with the flow, meets the eyes of children and nonchalant retirees, captures a vivid array of activities and interactions while the air brims with karaoke tunes, idle conversation, and the casual music of erhus.

Like its many regulars, People’s Park sets its own pace and challenges the documentary filmmaking’s potential for engagement. The immersive power of cinema is mobilized to its fullest, inviting the viewer to participate in a meditative journey and rediscover the feeling of free time. With spontaneous moments of conviviality, People’s Park takes you through the dynamic range of leisure in the contemporary Chinese city.”

We have two tickets to give away for this screening, and several ways you can enter to win. Enter all three ways for three chances to win!

  1. Email us at with your name and mailing address, using subject line “People’s Park screening”
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: “I want to see People’s Park at @reelasian with @POVmagazine”
  3. Like us on Facebook and comment on the post about this screening.

Make sure you enter by Friday, October 26th at 12pm – and we hope to see you at the festival. You can order tickets to the wide variety of films here, and read about POV editor Marc Glassman’s three recommendations here.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival® is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and Southeast Asian artist in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world. As Canada’s largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian® provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada. Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, this non-profit community-based festival has grown into an eagerly anticipated annual event that attracts thousands of attendees to 6 exciting days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.

The Reel Asian festival is also hosting the Toronto premiere of Yung Chang’s The Fruit Hunters – read our profile of the film from the Fall 2012 issue.