The mission of the Centre d'art et d'essai de la Cinémathèque québécoise (CAECQ) is to primary program Quebec-made documentaries and independent fiction, as well as international documentaries, animated and foreign films, while encouraging opportunities for meetings between the public and the artists. Its programming is presented in conjunction with the Cinémathèque québécoise’s under the label New releases.
Prix du Jury des détenues - RIDM 2022
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Big Fight in Little Chinatown is a story of community resistance and resilience. Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.Coast to Coast the film follows Chinatown communities resisting the pressures around them. From the construction of the world’s largest vertical jail in New York, Montreal’s fight against developers swallowing up the most historic block of their Chinatown, big box chains and gentrification forces displacing Toronto’s community, to a Vancouver Chinatown business holding steadfast, the film reveals how Chinatown is both a stand-in for other communities who’ve been wiped off the city map, and the blueprint for inclusive and resilient neighbourhoods of the future.
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Karen Cho (曹嘉伦) is a Chinese-Canadian director known for her socio-political documentaries. Karen's projects include In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, a documentary that explores the Chinese-Canadian immigration experience and the effects of the Head Tax and Exclusion Act targeting Chinese people, Seeking Refuge, a film about refugees from Canada, and Status Quo? a documentary about the women's rights movement in Canada. In 2018, Karen was selected in the Best Director category at the Canadian Screen Awards for her work in Interrupt This Program (CBC).