89 minutes – Animation
Festival release date: June 13, 2016 (Annecy)
Release date: March 10, 2017 (Select Cities)
Canadian distributor: Mongrel Media
Based on her own book, Window Horses: the Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, Ann Marie Fleming’s story tells of a young Canadian poet who is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself. The foundation of the story and the film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides, about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. Being an animation, the list of performers credits their voice acting in this film.
Funding for the film was raised through an IndieGoGo campaign, which attracted 730 contributors in 28 countries. Window Horses had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Festival in June 2016. Its North American premiere was at TIFF on September 9, 2016.