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Karen Cho

Biography

Karen Cho is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker most known for her compelling and socially-engaged documentaries. Interested in using documentary as a tool for social change, Karen’s films explore untold histories and themes of immigration, activism and social justice.

Karen has directed the award winning In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004) a documentary about the legacy of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act and the Gemini-Nominated Seeking Refuge (Terre d’asile) (2009) a film that tells the story of five asylum seekers in Canada. Her most recent film, Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada (2012) won the Whistler Film Festival’s World Documentary Award and was launched in over 67 community screenings across the country.

Karen is currently in postproduction on an experimental docu-fiction about family secrets and cooking up her next batch of cultural subversion.

Artist talk with Karen Cho

 

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