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Xie Xie, Ollie

Feeling split between his Chinese heritage and Canadian upbringing, Ollie attempts to learn Mandarin as a means of connecting with his family history. But, as an adult, he discovers that his path to understanding his biracial identity is unexpectedly complicated.


James Michael Chiang is a Chinese-Canadian writer-director based in Toronto, Canada. As a filmmaker, his work shares a dogmatic preference for telling raw, genuine human stories that are visually true to spirit. “Xie Xie, Ollie” is his directorial narrative short debut.

Presented as Part Of Canadian Shorts – A Little Bit of Everything


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Aasttha Khajuria, James Michael Chiang
Oliver Chiang
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Toronto International Film Festival

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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