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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


Directed by Theresea Kowall-Shipp

DOCUMENTARIES / Canada / Documentary / 70 mins / English


Village East Cinema
July 28, 2018 4:45 pm Not Available


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

The story of Miss World contestant, Anastasia Lin changed drastically when her father, living in China was threatened by Chinese security forces because of Anastasia’s public stance on human rights violations in that country. Unbeknownst to her, she had been declared ‘persona non grata’ by authorities preventing her from traveling to Sanya, China to represent Canada at the 2015 Miss World Pageant. Her attempt to enter the country played out on the world stage, landing her on the front page of The New York Times, appearing on CNN, Der Spiegel, Cosmopolitan and other major media outlets. Despite not being able to compete in the finals that year, Anastasia becomes the beauty queen who captures the world’s attention. Drama, danger and fear follow Anastasia as she becomes the darling of the human rights community, using her beauty and notoriety to bring the world’s attention to an increasing list of China’s atrocities: the persecution of prisoners of conscience and forced human organ harvesting. All this, while dealing with the very real heartbreak of endangering her father’s life. Anastasia constantly finds herself in dilemma—having to choose between speaking out and staying silent.

Invited again to represent Canada at the 2016 Miss World Finals, this time held in Washington D.C., Anastasia comes across obstacles that she doesn’t expect including the power of Chinese corporations working the Miss World organization. An unlikely human rights crusader, Anastasia puts everything on the line to stay true to her conscience.

Nominated for ‘Best Director’ Documentary Feature at the Queens World Film Festival 2018


Post Screening Panelists:

Anastasia Lin, Cast

Wynton, Moderator

Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Screening made possible by: China Institute

Director's Bio

Award winning TV/media professional Theresa Kowall-Shipp has produced, created, directed, and written shows for multiple networks including Discovery, National Geographic, Food Network Canada, Asian Food Channel, BBC, and Discovery Kids. Working in genres as varied as performance and visual arts, food, construction, science and technology, award shows, current events, and design, Kowall-Shipp is a hands-on showrunner and director who loves to tell stories. Kowall-Shipp’s competitive reality series Recipes to Riches (Food Network and Network 10 Australia) was co-created with and developed by Temple St. Production in Toronto and distributed internationally by Fremantle Media.


Executive Producer: Jason Loftus
Supervising Editor: Derek McCants

Preceded By


    Ying Liang / SHORT FILMS / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Drama / 25 mins
    A Chinese mother gets a home visit from the police because her daughter, a dissident filmmaker living in Hong Kong, is planning yet another critical film about China. She hasn’t seen her daughter for five years, but sets off on the long trip to Hong Kong—in spite of her failing health—to talk to her. Based on director Ying Liang’s personal experience of living in exile, I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY is an examination of politics and family tragedy.


Dates & Times


Village East Cinema
July 28, 2018 4:45 pm Not Available