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November 26, 2013
City of Toronto to host event featuring short documentaries by filmmaker Jeanette Kong
Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River), Jamaican Consul General George Ramocan, representatives of Arts and Culture Jamaica, and City of Toronto staff will welcome Toronto filmmaker Jeanette Kong to Malvern community centre on Thursday at an event featuring Kong's two short documentary films “The Chiney Shop” and “Half: the Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son.” The films document and explore Chinese-Jamaican life.

Date: Thursday, November 28
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.; remarks at 6:10 p.m., with Q&A to follow film screening
Location: Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.

Born in Jamaica, Kong moved to Toronto with her family in 1974. She worked for 13 years as a producer and director in Canadian public television before becoming an independent filmmaker.

"The Chiney Shop" explores the complex relationship and social interactions between Chinese shopkeepers and their Jamaican customers. "Half: the Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son" reveals what a boy endured as a bi-racial (Chinese and Jamaican) child living in southern China during the 1930s.

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