Window Horses is a feature-length animated film about a young Canadian poet who embarks on a whirlwind voyage of discovery—of herself, her family, love, history, and the nature of poetry. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, and featuring the voices of Sandra Oh, Don McKellar, Nancy Kuan, and Shohreh Aghdashloo, the film is filled with poems and histories created by a variety of artists and animators, who set out to blend a vast myriad of differences between cultures, philosophies, arts, and time frames.
Twenty-year-old poet Rosie Ming lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents, never having travelled anywhere alone. When she’s invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, she meets colourful poets and Persians, and finally learns more about the Iranian father who she had assumed abandoned her. Rosie embarks on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and understanding, as she discovers her father’s past and her own cultural identity.
Window Horses takes a sensitive, subtle, and playful look at building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s a film about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. It’s a film about identity and the imagination.
This is a film filled with poetry and stories. While the narrative of the film is presented in one particular style, the poems and histories will be created by different artists, to both accentuate and blend the myriad of differences in cultures, philosophies, time frames and poetry. It is a film about identity and the imagination.
Window Horses poems come to life with multiple beautiful animation styles.
Prizes and awards
OFFICIAL SELECTION ANNECY 2016
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM and BEST CANADIAN FILM VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016
JURY PRIZE-FEATURE FILM
BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2016
ANIMASYROS-INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL AND FORUM 2016
CENTENNIAL BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARD REEL ASIAN 2016
Ann Marie Fleming