In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (English and Mandarin Subtitles)

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (English and Mandarin Subtitles)

| 43 min

Karen Cho, a fifth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage, discovered that half her family wasn't welcome in the country they called home. While Canada encouraged and rewarded immigration from Europe, it imposed laws that singled out the Chinese as unwanted and unwelcome. Cho's film, In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, takes her from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last living survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act. This dark chapter in our history, from 1885 until 1947, plunged the Chinese community in Canada into decades of debt and family separation. At the centre of the film are personal accounts of extraordinary Chinese Canadians who survived an era that threatened to eradicate their entire community. Through a rich melding of history, poetry and raw emotion, this documentary sheds light on an era that shaped the identity of generations, with deeply moving testimonials, it reveals the profound ways this history still casts its shadow.

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In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (English and Mandarin Subtitles), Karen Cho, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Karen Cho
  • director
    Karen Cho
  • producer
    Tamara Lynch
  • director of photography
    Michael Wees
  • sound recordist
    Nick Huard
  • editor
    Susan Shanks
  • original music composer
    Janet Lumb
    Dino Giancola
  • sound editor
    Leopoldo Gutierrez
  • narration recording
    Henry, Jr Godding
  • voice recording
    Henry, Jr Godding
  • narrator
    Karen Cho
  • voice
    Russell Yuan
    Aimée Lee
    Walter Massey
    Albert Millaire
    Sam Stone
    Mark Trafford
  • sound re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
    Denis Gathelier
  • digital editing technician
    Ochelle Greenidge
    Phyllis Lewis
    Danielle Raymond
    Chaz Oliver
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • visual effects
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • production assistant
    Khoba Sysavane
  • translator
    Timothy Chiu Man Chan
  • stills photographer
    Anthony Patmore
    Rosamond Norbury
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • post-production coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
  • studio clerk
    Christine Williams
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner