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Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival to release anthology book, (re)Rites of Passage, on 25th anniversary

Reel Asian is Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, providing a platform for Asian filmmakers and artists to showcase their works and promoting Asian cinema among Canadian audiences.

The visual anthology features interviews, illustrations, original art, essays and mixed media

The Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival is releasing an anthology book, titled (re)Rites of Passage. (Reel Asian Film Festival)

The Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival is releasing an anthology book, titled (re)Rites of Passage, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Reel Asian is Canada's largest pan-Asian film festival, providing a platform for Asian filmmakers and artists to showcase their works and promoting Asian cinema among Canadian audiences.

(re)Rites of Passage is inspired by Reel Asian's 2016 programme Rites of Passage, a video, animation and documentary series. The new anthology honours the punk zine culture and showcases a range of critical responses from Canadian creators across generations.

The cover art of (re)Rites of Passage, titled Sudden Enlightenment, by Annie Wang. (Reel Asian Film Festival)

"We look forward to releasing this new anthology of intergenerational dialogue between Asian Canadian media artists that looks forward to the future, while giving testimony to the creative energy and practices of our communities ever in motion," said the anthology's managing editor, Jasmine Gui, in a statement.

(re)Rites of Passage features the works of 38 contributors and film stills by 28 filmmakers, including animation producer Michael Fukushima, broadcaster and musician Sook-Yin Lee, and filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung, who directed Sing Me a Lullaby.

The book consists of 124 pages of interviews, illustrations, original art, personal essays, creative writing and mixed/interactive media. 

LISTEN | Reel Asian founder Anita Lee reflects on 25 years of the film festival:

Anita Lee is the founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary today. 7:08

(re)Rites of Passage  is a follow-up to the 2007 anthology Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen, published for the festival's 10th anniversary. 

The 25th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival runs from Nov. 10 to 19. You can find out more about this year's programme and anniversary celebrations on Reel Asian's website.

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