As filmmakers, we wield the unique ability to revise the world around us by scripting and reworking it into a version that feels most significant to ourselves. For Chinese/Canadian filmmaker Johnny Ma, his ambition to approach a personal subject led him back to China to reinterpret childhood memories and craft a narrative around them. The result is this week’s Staff Pick Premiere, “A Grand Canal.” It’s a film that feels like a timepiece only recently remembered. Filled with grit and grain from its 16mm format, it recalls the life of a late father through the narration of his son. The film explores family, honour, and ultimately, the power we all hold over memories through the craft of filmmaking.
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“It pushed me to look at cinema as a tool and a process to conjure up the past and potentially heal the present.”
Johnny Ma, VIMEO INTERVIEW.