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Chinese Restaurants: Song of the Exile| 1hr : 19mins
Director: Cheuk Kwan | Producer: Cheuk Kwan
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Canada
Subject Tags: africa, americas, canada, culture, global, globalization, israel, middle east, migration, south africa, turkey
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"Chinese Restaurants: Song of the Exile" tells the story of the Chinese diaspora told through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. Film-maker Cheuk Kwan brings us into the lives of extraordinary families in Israel, South Africa and Turkey, as they share moving stories of displacement and belonging. In Haifa, our restaurant owner must negotiate his complex identities as Christian-Chinese-Israeli in a Jewish homeland surrounded by Arab states. In Cape Town, we glimpse a country struggling to address the bitter injustices and betrayals of its apartheid past. In Istanbul, a Chinese Muslim fled China with his family in a dramatic trek over the Himalayas in 1949 when Chinese Communists took power, thereby earning a place in the urban legend as the man who "walked from China".

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