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| 6 min

Julia Kwan's short film captures the experience of a young woman as she travels to a new country. As summer opens into spring, mother and daughter build a life together. The taste and texture of each season, whether the ice-cream smell of summer, the crisp birch air of autumn, or the warmth of winter dumplings -- are lovingly rendered in animation, sound and image. Throughout the passage of time, the persistence of love endures, as resolute and unchanging as the cycle of the season.

This film was produced in partnership with VANOC and Canada CODE for the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

  • writer
    Julia Kwan
  • director
    Julia Kwan
  • associate producer
    Teri Snelgrove
  • director of photography
    C. Kim Miles
  • animation
    Elisa Chee
    Aparna Kapur
  • design
    Elisa Chee
    Aparna Kapur
  • production designer
    Mary Ann Liu
  • sound design
    Jamie Mahaffey
  • consulting editor
    Michael Brockington
  • gaffer
    Tony Durke
  • photographer
  • makeup
    Pakou Her
  • production assistant
    Damian Kuehn
    Ashley CrowChief
  • clearances
    Found Images Research
  • re-recording engineer
    Jamie Mahaffey
  • mix facility
    The Mix Room
  • online editor
    Eliot Piltz
  • post-production services
    Finale Editworks
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen


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Ages 12 to 17

Diversity - Identity
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

Initiate a project with writing and history students to research photographs of immigrant experiences in Canada, followed by poetry writing and production of photo collages or slide shows on the themes of family and the effects of immigration on culture and personal identity. Students can explore multiculturalism as a significant factor in the identity of Canada; media and filmmaking students can study the film's unique techniques using sound and image.

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