"A Hundred Joys" is a film about the main intersection of Toronto’s East Chinatown, a community whose stores spread out onto the streets.
Within its seemingly small area, it shares an important history of entrepreneurship in the face of migration and dispossession. When the expropriation of the original downtown Chinatown began in the 1950s, Chinese businesses were forced to relocate. The city of Toronto was adamant to push them out from the area, and more than two thirds of the area was subsequently razed from existence. Many Chinese and Vietnamese Canadians migrated to Toronto’s east end, initially forming around a Chinese butcher shop on Broadview Avenue.
This documentary pairs cinematic impressions of the East Chinatown neighbourhood alongside interviews with neighbourhood residents and business owners, giving voice to their experiences of community, identity, anxieties, and hopes for the future.
- Director of PhotographyBenjamin Wong
- 1st Assistant CameraEmily Borhi
- EditorKathryn Lyons
- Sound RecordistJonah Blaser
- Sound DesignerAlana Raymond
- Sound MixerMichael Palmer
- Still Photographer & PAJesse Sarkis
- Cantonese TranscriptionWynne Kwok
- Poster DesignLily Huang
- Executive ProducerRebekah Miskin
- ProducerJeff Chiu
- DirectorAmanda Ann-Min Wong
- FeaturingWai Quen Cheung, Jay Choo, Maylynn Quan, Ed Wong