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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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Plaque de Bronze - catégorie: Humanitaire
Festival international du film et de la vidéo
Du 10 au 14 novembre 2004, Columbus - États-Unis

Prix du meilleur long métrage documentaire
International Film Festival
Du 15 au 19 septembre 2004, Oakland - États-Unis

Prix du meilleur long métrage documentaire
Newport Beach Film Festival
Du 15 au 25 avril 2004, Newport Beach - États-Unis

Prix du meilleur documentaire
Film Festival
Du 30 janvier au 8 février 2004, Victoria - Canada

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