6 Films you should not miss at the 24th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

These are six films you should not miss at the 24th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, which will take place online from November 12th – 19th, 2020.

About the festival:
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of work from the Asian diaspora and contemporary Asian cinema. Works include films and videos by East, South and Southeast Asian filmmakers 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 ten exciting days of galas, screenings, forums, workshops and parties.

Tickets for the films can be acquired from the festival’s website – The films will be available from November 12th – 19th, 2020.

Our Recommendations:

A Rifle and a Bag by Arya Rothe, Isabella Rinaldi, Cristina Haneș – Romania, Italy, India, Qatar | 2020 – 89 minutes

Somi and her husband met and fell in love while fighting alongside fellow Naxalites, a communist rebel group fighting for the rights of tribal communities in India for the past 50 years. Although the group represents a quarter of the population and lives in extreme poverty, Naxalites are seen as the biggest threat to national security for the State of India. (Reel Asian 2020)


Dust and Ashes by Park Hee-kwon – South Korea | 2019 – 78 minutes

Unfolding over a tumultuous three days, Dust And Ashes is a quiet thriller following a grieving Hae-su, forced to learn and navigate the system in order to collect insurance after the death of her mother. Overworked, underpaid, and facing eviction, Hae-su takes desperate measures in order to escape impoverishment. (Reel Asian 2020)


Goodbye Mother by Trinh Dinh Le Minh – Vietnam | 2019 – 105 minutes

Son of a prominent family in Vietnam, Van returns from America for the first time in nine years with his partner, Ian. Coming back to a community with expectations of patriarchy and legacy, Van tries to find the right moment to tell his mother, Mrs. Hanh, about his love for Ian. With the heir unable to bear children, the family fights over their inheritance, surmounting to a violent reveal of truths. Everybody has a secret. An intricately assembled ensemble, Goodbye Mother is a queer story and more. (Reel Asian 2020)


Labyrinth of Cinema by Nobuhiko Obayashi – Japan | 2019 – 179 minutes

In the port town of Onomichi, Japan, the only movie theatre is bidding goodbye to its local audiences. The owners organize a nightlong screening devoted to historical Japanese war films. Noriko, a teenager who regularly helps in the theatre, walks toward the stage and astonishes the audience as suddenly, she mystically projects herself into an old musical. (Reel Asian 2020)


Moving One by Yoon Dan-bi – South Korea | 2019 – 105 minutes

Broke and evicted from their basement apartment in Seoul, teenager Okju, her little brother Dongju, and their divorced father must move in with their ailing grandfather at the city’s outskirts. Soon joined by an aunt reeling from her own failed marriage, they spend the summer getting reacquainted with each other as an ad hoc multigenerational family unit, which was the norm just a generation ago. (Reel Asian 2020)


The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, Lisa Takeba – Japan, Kazakhstan | 2019 – 84 minutes

A cowardly horse robbery ends in murder, leaving a boy fatherless and his family in disarray. When the boy’s mother is forced to move the family out of their village, a mysterious man arrives who might be able to help restore order. What may appear to us as a “Western,” with its familiar framing of vast vistas and sublime steppes, is really a story about fractured families and survival in the wake of violence. (Reel Asian 2020)


For more information about the festival and the programme please visit the official website here:

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