In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

| 43 min

Filmmaker Karen Cho travels from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, a set of laws imposed to single out the Chinese as unwanted immigrants to Canada from 1885 to 1947. Through a combination of history, poetry and raw emotion, this documentary sheds light on an era that shaped the identity of generations.

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  • writer
    Karen Cho
  • director
    Karen Cho
  • producer
    Tamara Lynch
  • director of photography
    Michael Wees
  • sound recordist
    Nick Huard
  • editor
    Susan Shanks
  • original music composer
    Janet Lumb
    Dino Giancola
  • sound editor
    Leopoldo Gutierrez
  • voice recording
    Henry, Jr Godding
  • narrator
    Karen Cho
  • voice
    Russell Yuan
    Aimée Lee
    Walter Massey
    Albert Millaire
    Sam Stone
    Mark Trafford
  • sound re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner

  • Maestrous

    This is an important film. I'm ashamed of the way Canada treated hard working, dedicated people who gave so much build this country.

    Maestrous, 4 Feb 2012
  • machoboy95

    200,000 dollars refund for the Head tax is not enough......buying a car cost more than that!!....

    machoboy95, 18 Jan 2011
  • machoboy95

    Changed???you kidding

    machoboy95, 16 Jan 2011
  • mrbrownsclass

    I think it was very unfair how they treated the chinese people! At least now it has changed.

    mrbrownsclass, 15 Apr 2010
  • mrbrownsclass

    we feel sorry for the people who had to live throught this. Even though Canada doesn't have very much money to spare, the chinese deserve their money back for the torture they had to go through.

    mrbrownsclass, 13 Apr 2010