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House Special: Food is Love

In Chinese culture, we say ”I love you” through food. In answering the age-old question: how did food come to be synonymous with love in Asian culture, Jackie meets Cynthia and Jessie, two hard working moms who sacrifice for their kids, and the Temptasian restaurant owners who prioritize family over business.

Ryan Mah

Ryan Mah is a filmmaker based in Vancouver. He is a founding member of award winning production company, Black Rhino Creative, sits on the National Screen Institute as a mentor and moderates for Telus Storyhive. He has 10 years of extensive background experience in documentary productions that have screened on CBC, AMI TV, Knowledge Network, Telus Optik, Air Canada.

Presented as Part Of WestCoast Doc Shorts

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Joanna Wong
Jackie Kai Ellis
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Award Winner
Leo Winner for Best host for Reality Series / Leo Nominee for Best Reality Series

Festival passes

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