WINDOW HORSES: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
First show: January 26
“The New York Times Critics’ Pick!
“This is not just a visual treat, it’s a rewarding and unexpectedly engrossing piece of female-led storytelling.” – Screen International
Rosie Ming (voiced by Sandra Oh – Grey’s Anatomy, Sideways), a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past: the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. A sensitive, subtle, and playful look at building bridges between cultural and generational divides, WINDOW HORSES is a film about being curious, staying open, identity, imagination, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.
Filled with poetry and stories, the narrative is animated in one particular style, while the poems and histories were created by different animators, so as to both accentuate and blend the myriad of differences in cultures, philosophies, time frames and poetry.
Written & directed by Ann Marie Fleming. Executive Producer Sandra Oh. With Sandra Oh (Rosie Ming), Shohreh Aghdashloo, Don McKellar & Ellen Page.
Animation by Ian Godfrey & Nathaniel Akin.
Rosie’s poem – Janet Perlman
History of Iran – Sadaf Amini
Hafiz history – Bahram Javaheri
Bani Adaam – Dominique Doktor, Shira Avni (consultant)
Taylor Mali’s poem – Elissa Chee Dietmar’s Poem – Michael Mann Hafiz poem – Jody Kramer
Cow poem – Kunal Sen
Masnevi – Louise Johnson Rumi poem – Lillian Chan
Canada. HD Digital. 2017. 90 mins.