Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  6 minutes
Date:  2010
Genre:  Animation
Color/BW:  Color
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The immigrant experience lovingly told through animation.


As a young woman journeys to a new country, the promise and possibility of her life spills out like the petals of a flower, unfurling into full and glorious bloom. Julia Kwan's film Blossom captures a woman's experience, mirrored and reflected in the natural world. As summer opens into spring, mother and daughter build a life together. The taste and texture of each season, whether the ice-cream smell of summer, the crisp birch air of autumn, or the warmth of winter dumplings -- are lovingly rendered in animation, sound and image. Throughout the passage of time, the persistence of love endures, as resolute and unchanging as the cycle of the season.

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Main credits

Kwan, Julia (film director)
Kwan, Julia (screenwriter)

Other credits

Director of photography, C. Kim Miles; animation and design, Elisa Chee, Aparna Kapur; production designer, Mary Ann Liu; sound design, Jamie Mahaffey; consulting editor, Michael Brockington; photographer, Tallulah; makeup, Pakou Her; re-recording engineer, Jamie Mahaffey; executive producer, Tracey Friesen.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Family Issues
Immigration and Refugees
Social Issues
Multicultural Studies

Distributor subjects

Diversity/Pluralism - Identity
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Maximum Age Level - 17
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Minimum Age Level - 12
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
Women - Cultural Groups
Women - Family Life
Women - Image of Women
Women - Women's Perspectives


Animated films; Daughters; Interpersonal relationships; Mothers; Seasonal changes; Stories; "Blossom"; National Film Board of Canada; Canada

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