“Window Horses” explores tolerance and diversity with striking animation


It’s about love, it’s always about love…

Photo: Window Horses

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself.

That’s the plot of the moving new animated feature, Window Horses, a film that explores heritage, identity, imagination and of course, love.

The film takes place in Vancouver and features Canadian characters of Chinese, Iranian and mixed race heritage. Ultimately, the film attempts to spread a message of tolerance, diversity, empowerment and our shared humanity.

Window Horses is directed by Vancouver filmmaker and former Emily Carr student, Ann Marie Fleming, whose work is featured on TIFF’s list of 150 Essential Works of Canadian Film History. The film also features contributions from Sandra Oh, Don McKellar, Nancy Kwan, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ellen Page and Kristen Thomson.

Photo: Window Horses

The film was named Best BC Film and Best Canadian Film by the Vancouver International Film Festival and is currently campaigning for an Oscar nomination.

To learn more about Window Horses, visit the film’s website HERE.

Photo: Window Horses


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