Ryan McKenna Chinatown


Type: Drama

Date: January 2009

Length: 9 minutes, 30 seconds

Process: Colour

Languages: English

Shooting format: 16 mm

Sound format: Dialogue, Music


A multi-layered epic set in the heart of Winnipeg’s historic Chinatown. It is the story of a half-baked opium addict, fighting to preserve Chinatown in the face of “progress.” Photographed on old 16mm color film stocks, combined with found footage, and using a collage technique, Chinatown is a poppy-perfumed protest against the faceless/sameness identity smaller cities get bullied into accepting, often at the expense of real history and identity.


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Date Event
January 1, 2010 Festival Les Inattendus 2010


Chinatown, cultural identity, culture, Winnipeg

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