Reel Asian fest gives top audience prize to Richard Fung

Dal Puri Diaspora (pictured), a global search for the origins of roti by the Canadian filmmaker, impressed film-goers at the 16th edition of the Asian film festival in Toronto.
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Canadian director Richard Fung’s Dal Puri Diaspora (pictured) grabbed the audience award, and a $2,000 cash prize, as the 16th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival wrapped.

The Trinidad-born Canadian filmmaker takes his audience on food journey through the Caribbean and India to discover the origins of dal puri, or roti cuisine.

Other award winners at Reel Asian included South Korean director Kim Kyung-mook winning the best feature film prize for Stateless Things, about a North Korean migrant worker and young gay man trapped by their social status in Seoul.

And the best Canadian film or video award went to Romeo Candido’s Prison Dancer, a film about six Filipino prison dancers inspired by the viral YouTube video and produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s Ana Serrano.

Elsewhere, the best feature film award went to Chinese director Huang Ji for Egg and Stone, which was shot in Hunan, while Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Ng’s Requiem For Romance, about Chinese ink wash animation, won the Animasian Award.

In all, 60 films, including 23 features and 35 shorts, screened at the Reel Asian festival.