...one highlight was Kagan Goh’s reading of “The Boy Who Faked Kung Fu” which is a humorous tale of Kagan’s method of defense against bullies which is – you guessed it – by faking kung fu. Kagan Goh was able to make his reading into a reading/performance by enthusiastically demonstrating martial arts moves such as “the praying mantis, the snake in the eagle’s shadow, the drunken monkey in the tiger’s eye.” ~ Rice Paper Magazine
Who Let In The Sky? A Son's Tribute To His Father Goh Poh Seng's Courageous Struggle With Parkinson's Diseaseby Goh, KaganWho Let in the Sky? is a family memoir about a son's relationship with his father, lately Canadian and erstwhile Singaporean "literary pioneer" poet, novelist and playwright, Goh Poh Seng, who struggled with Parkinson's disease during the last 15 years of his life until his untimely death in 2010. Kagan Goh pays tribute to his father's courage, his lust for life and his sheer will to survive against all odds. Goh Poh Seng, even in the face of death, was indeed a man drunk on the rage of being alive.
Watch for the Vancouver launch in November 2012
World premiere caps 15 year saga to shed light on a darker page of BC history
|Filmmaker Kagan Goh.|
STOLEN MEMORIES is a detective story about local filmmaker Kagan Goh’s personal quest to return a photo album found in a flea market to its rightful owners, who were, as it turned out, a Japanese Canadian family displaced from their vancouver home during the Japanese internment.
Kagan, aided by Mary Seki, his 70-year old detective sidekick, embarked upon a quest to find the rightful owners, find out what happened to them and return their lost photo album to them.
"Documenting the search as well as redressing the wrongs of the past is a symbolic “homecoming” – coming home in terms of returning to a place of self-acceptance, belonging, wholeness and healing," the Commercial Drive based poet/film maker says.
"STOLEN MEMORIES reflects deeply rooted issues of prejudice which have affected the Japanese Canadian community throughout the last one hundred years, experienced not just by the family but by the Japanese Canadians who helped in the quest to return the ‘stolen’ photo album. The story is a microcosm within the macrocosm of the Japanese Canadian legacy."
15 years in the making, Stolen Memories [wsa] broadcast live on OMNI Channel 8 at 9pm on Sunday, Mar. 4, but the public [was] encouraged to attend a special live screening of the documentary where Japanese Canadian community leaders will speak about the film’s impact. A new photo album will be presented to the Kamitakahara family (the owners of the lost photo album) as a symbolic gesture of a new beginning for a new generation.
Kagan is an author who is published in anthologies such as "Strike the Wok": an Asian Canadian anthology of short fiction (TSAR Publications); “Henry Chow and Other Stories from the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop” (Tradewinds Books) and the Writer’s Studio anthology “Emerge 2010” (Simon Fraser University). His first book, “Who Let In the Sky?” was published by Select Books in Singapore.
Kagan is an established spoken word poet who has participated in poetry slams, readings, open mikes and festivals such as Asian Heritage Month, the Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, Word on the Street, Under the Volcano, Mad Pride Cabaret and the World Poetry reading series at the Vancouver Public Library. He was chosen as one of the feature poets for CBC radio's "Poetry Face Off." He was host of a spoken word open mike called “Spoken Revelations” at the Baghdad Café for 6 years. He is a frequent guest on CBC and Co-op Radio.
- Kagan is an actor who participated in a theatrical production called "The Loonie Awards". He was a member of the Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre troupe that wrote and produced an ensemble play that used humor to tell true life recovery stories of the participants, with the goal of fighting stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness and addictions.AWARDS
TVO Telefest ’96 – First Prize Long Documentary Category
Cascadia Moving Images Festival - 2nd Place, Independent Production
Canadian International Annual Film Festival - 2nd Best Student Documentary
Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival
-Golden Sheaf Award nomination for Best Documentary under 30 minutes
~from Kagan's LinkedIn profile: Kagan Goh, President of Monkeyking Motion Pictures
Kagan & I have been friends for a long time. His birthday last year inspired me to make a card that morphed into a small chapbook, Poetry Runs in the Family (privately circulated), and had my son Jules bopping along for a week thereafter, singing "Disco Ball Mandala ~ Disco Ball Mandala, yeah!!!"
An artist-activist extraordinaire (his painting is featured on the cover of "Who Let In the Sky?"), Kagan will be a Featured Performer at this year's Doors Open 2012: Poetry Nature event at City Hall.
Note time change: 1:30 to 4 pm
6 May 2012
Richmond City Hall,
on the corner of No 3 Road @ Granville
Upcoming film screenings: