Lost Years Makes 2013 IFFM Selection, Toronto Premiere Next

Lost Years is an award winning documentary tracing four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee, a Chinese Canadian. Co-Produced/Directed by Kenda Gee and Tom Radford, the documentary begins in China in 1910 and concludes with the movement to embrace redress as a concept of social justice in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, exactly a century later. This film has been shown on China’s CCTV with millions of viewers. In next two weeks, people in two of the largest cities in North America will have the opportune to watch it in theaters.

Official Selection of 2013 IFFM

International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) celebrates filmmakers, filmmaking and New York City, a place where the world converges. New York is the biggest and most competitive market to secure a theatrical screening, especially if you are an independent filmmaker. Our festival provides a platform for independent films at the Anthology Film Archives (2nd Ave/2nd St NYC), known for years to be a vibrant center for truly indie films.

Lotus Chau, chief reporter of Singtao Daily newspaper, reported the New York screening on October 17.

Lost Year will be screened on Saturday, October 19, from 8:10 – 11PM as part of the Feature Documentary Film and Awards Night Gala. Director Kenda Gee will be on hand for Q&A. Awards Night Ceremony to follow immediately after the Q&A

Toronto Premiere on October 24

Lost Years will be premiered in Toronto at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on October 24. According to director Kenda Gee, the 700 tickets for this event have been full reserved for about two weeks, and the have a waiting-list of more than 30 names.

Doors open at 6.00 pm with opening remarks and screening to be followed by a Q&A. The esteemed MC for the evening is Jeannie Lee who covers breaking business news for CBC News Network. Her reports are also heard regularly on CBC Radio.

The documentary’s run time is 90 minutes and we encourage you to bring friends and family to the screening. Please remember to print your ticket and present it for admission. A voluntary donation of $5 or whatever you can contribute will be graciously accepted at the door to help offset the event’s expenses.

As this is a free event, please take note that your reservation may not guarantee admission (the theatre’s capacity is 700). Unclaimed seats will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the event. We recommend that you arrive early to ensure best seating.
Lost Years Toronto acknowledges the generous support of Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the Asian Institute, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia, and University College’s Canadian Studies Department. Special thanks to Alicks Girowski (TIFF), Vanessa Tam (TIFF), Elaine Joe, and Allie Caldwell (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema).

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is a licensed venue with wine, spirits, and beer available. Snacks at the concession stand include popcorn, candy, and gluten free cookies. The theatre is located in a neighbourhood with many restaurant choices for either pre theatre enjoyment or post screening dining. The address of the cinema is: 506 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3, Canada, and its website is: bloorcinema.com.