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From 1889 to today, this documentary traces the journey and evolution of the Wing Sang Building and its inhabitants. It features descendants of the building”s founder, merchant Yip Sang,

Larry Chin

Larry Chin is a professional photographer, filmmaker, consultant, and volunteer in Chinatown. He serves as a Director on the Board of the Chinese Historical Society of BC, Chin Wing Chung Tong Society and Vancouver Hakka Association.

Sarah Ling

Sarah Ling is Exhibition and Program Manager at the Chinese Canadian Museum where she oversees the development and implementation of exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives. She’s a documentary filmmaker and produced the award-winning film All Our Father’s Relations.

Presented as Part Of WestCoast Shorts – Life’s Struggles

The Gold Teeth

Sahra, an Afghan refugee in Canada asks an Iranian ex-dentist, Hamd, to extract her father''s gold teeth befor...
15 min | Alireza Kazemipour | | Vancouver Premiere | English | English
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Bound to No One

A poet incapable of translating her dream vision into her artwork resorts to plagiarizing an epitaph to craft ...
13 min | Hugh Liu | | Canadian Premiere | English, Ukrainian | Burn in Texts
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Three lives/Three paths: A rise in drug overdoses leads to an overcrowded hospital where a rookie cop sits gua...
12 min | Ranjit Samra | | BC Premiere. | English | No
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You Are the Blue

A seemingly normal girl, Kay loves art, listening to music and spending time with her best friend, Aiden. Her ...
14 min | Beatrice King | | Western Canada Premiere | English | Can include subtitles, if requested
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Larry Chin, Sarah Ling
Audrey (Yip) Dong, Bob Rennie, Linda Yip, Mel Yip, Rosalie Yip
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This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9