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My Niagara
A film by Helen Lee
Canada/US, 1992, 40 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99309
Grasping the texture of half-expressed desire, this beautifully drawn drama evokes the complex dislocations of an Asian American woman. Shadowed by the death of her mother, Julie Kumagai's life with her widower father is marked by pained, turbulent exchanges. Indifferent to a break-up with her boyfriend and the lure of a long-planned trip, she finds some refuge in her workplace where meets Tetsuro, a young Korean man newly emigrated from Japan who is obsessed with all things American. But together they discover no easy resolutions.
MY NIAGARA was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"My Niagra" is available as part of the series Helen Lee Compilation. All three films in the series are available for the special price of $395.


  • Toronto Festival of Festivals, Special Mention Short Film Jury
  • Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema

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    "An inspired and resonant portrait of tenuous teen sensuality emerging from seamless suburban facades."
    David McIntosh
    Toronto Festival of Festivals

    "Well portrayed drama evokes the unexpressed longings of an Asian American woman."

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