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The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

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Long Tack Sam was an internationally renowned Chinese acrobat and magician. He overcame isolation, poverty, cultural and linguistic barriers, extreme racism and world wars to become one of the most successful vaudeville acts of his time. His showmanship was unrivalled, yet he refused to appear in movies because of the way Chinese were portrayed at the time.

Why don't we know anything about him? Filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming travels the globe searching for the story of ther great-grandfather, the cosmopolitan Long Tack Sam. To unravel the mystery of a man she knows nothing about, she turns to family, friends, acrobats and magicians. Their anecdotes and memories, interwoven with gorgeous animated archival material, paint a visually stunning portrait of a fascinating individual, a particular world at a particular time.

A celebration of the spirit of Long Tack Sam's magic and art, this richly textured first person road movie is an exhilarating testament to his legacy and a prismatic tour through the 20th Century.

It all begins in a small village in China...

2003, 88 min 05 s

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Bronze Plaque - Category: Humanities
International Film and Video Festival
November 10 to 14 2004, Columbus - USA

Award for Best Feature Documentary
International Film Festival
September 15 to 19 2004, Oakland - USA

Best Documentary Feature Award
Newport Beach Film Festival
April 15 to 25 2004, Newport Beach - USA

Award for Best Documentary
Film Festival
January 30 to February 8 2004, Victoria - Canada

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