A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

Press Releases & Media Kits

The documentary On me prend pour une Chinoise! by Nicole Giguère will be screened at the NFB Cinema

Media kit

They Think I’m Chinese!
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Press release


Montreal, August 22, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Productions VF announce the screening of Nicole Giguère’s documentary On me prend pour une Chinoise! ( They Think I’m Chinese!) at the NFB Cinema. The film will be shown nightly at 7 p.m. from September 7 through 11 and the director, as well as international adoption stakeholders working with families, will be present. Produced by Pauline Voisard at Productions VF, and Johanne Bergeron and Jacques Turgeon at the NFB, On me prend pour une Chinoise! focuses on the lives and observations of five Chinese-born girls who were adopted in Quebec when they were infants and who are now in their teens. On me prend pour une Chinoise! will make its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) in the Documentaries of the World category, at the NFB Cinema on August 25 (7 p.m.), 26 (2:30 p.m.) and 27 (noon).

The film

Girls who were part of the first wave of Chinese children adopted in Quebec in the 1990s are now in their teens. Nicole Giguère focused her lens on five of them and accompanied them throughout their emotionally charged transition to adulthood. In their quest for identity, how do these young Quebeckers experience their differences? A touching journey into the inner worlds of Alice, Léa, Julia, Anne and Flavie.

Nicole Giguère, filmmaker

Nicole Giguère was born in Quebec City and began her directing career in 1975 with the Vidéo Femmes collective, which she helped found. Based in Montreal since 1986, she has worked as a scriptwriter and independent filmmaker of point-of-view documentaries and television series. Her main interests are social issues, culture and music. In 2003, she completed Alice in Big Noses’ Land, a personal film shot over several years and dealing with young Chinese girls adopted in Quebec. In 2007, she made contact with some of the same girls, who had since become adolescents. Their experiences over a three-year period are the subject of the film On me prend pour une Chinoise!.

Schedule and stakeholders

Screenings at 7 p.m. will be followed by discussions with the filmmaker and international adoption stakeholders working with families

Wednesday, September 7
Regroupement des Adopté(e)s à l’International Sans frontières

Thursday, September 8
Association des Familles Québec-Asie

Friday, September 9
La Fédération des parents adoptants du Québec

Saturday, September 10
Diane Quevillon, a psychologist specializing in attachment disorders

Sunday, September 11
Double screening: Alice au pays des gros nez (Vidéo Femmes) followed by On me prend pour une Chinoise!

1564 St-Denis Street (corner de Maisonneuve)
Metro Berri-UQAM
Screenings: $7; $5 for students and seniors

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Productions VF

Established on December 9, 1996, the company has been active since 2005. Pauline Voisard serves as the company’s president and producer. Productions VF Inc. has produced 12 documentaries and short fiction films, as well as an eight-episode television series. Three projects are currently in development. Productions and projects include The Great Lover, Memory Adrift, Caution Feminists!, Ceux qui sont là, They Think I’m Chinese! and Sur les traces. Productions VF Inc. supports the creation of independent works directed primarily by women.

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