Celebrating its 10thanniversary, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival will open withthe North American premiere of Hong Kong director Patrick Tam'sAfter This, Our Exile, which recentlyreceived its world premiere at Pusan and the inaugural Rome Film Festival.

As Canada's longest-running showcase of contemporary Asiancinema and work from the Asian diaspora, the Reel Asian festival features filmsand videos by Asian artists in Canada, the US as well as Asia. This year, itwill present 76 premieres (including 15 world premieres, one internationalpremiere, three North American premieres, 35 Canadian premieres and 13 Torontopremieres) from 17 countries worldwide over five days from November 15 -19.

The centerpiece presentationincludes Vietnam-born American director Ham Tran's Journey From The Fall, which is the first major US feature to lookat the traumatic aftermath of the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective.

The showcase also includesRay Yeung's Cut Sleeve Boys, Little Red Flowers from China's ZhangYuan, Joni's Promise from Joko Anwar,Curtis Choy's What's Wrong With FrankChin, Tan Pin Pin's Singapore Gagaand the first Asian-American movie musical in 45 years Colma: The Musical by Richard Wong.

The closing night gala is aseries of short films by Canadian film-makers, including the world premiere of Howie Shia and the latest work fromveteran film-maker Ann.

The event was founded in1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun as a non-profitcommunity-based festival which attracts thousands of attendees every year.