Current Film Projects

Make Food Not War

Photo of five people in a restaurant. Promotional image for the documentary Make Food Not War (2020).
Promotional still from Make Food Not War (2020). Photo by Heejoo Yoon.

Canada | 2020 | HD | 15 mins

Joy traces the unsaid tension among young Chinese, Korean, and Japanese adults to unresolved feelings about WWII in Asia. While she and friends Rio and Erik explore this tension, they spend one afternoon making “peace dishes” that incorporate ingredients from China, Korea, and Japan, countries in conflict 70 years earlier. [Status: In post-production]

Saving Our Tongues

Poster for the documentary film Saving Our Tongues, featuring the photos of the three people interviewed in the film.

Canada | 2017 | HD | 14 mins

Monica Mak and Dr. Anastasia Riehl, founder of the Endangered Language Alliance Toronto , co-direct this film about immigrant speakers of languages under threat of global extinction.

In Saving Our Tongues, Arcangelo, Zouriya, and Rita are immigrant speakers of languages – Cellese, Sri Lanka Malay, and Urhobo – in danger of global extinction. They each embark on different ways to preserve their dying tongues, while living in Toronto, Canada.

Produced by Siobhan Productions Inc. | Co-directed by Monica Mak and Anastasia Riehl. | Produced with the Financial Assistance of:

  • The Ontario Arts Council
  • The Toronto Arts Council

Distributed by Moving Images Distribution

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