Window Horses - The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

A charming feature from one of Canada's best loved, award winning animators, Ann Marie Fleming, voiced by Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar.

When we first meet Rosie (voiced by Sandra Oh, also executive producer) she's flipping burgers in Canada and living with her overprotective Chinese immigrant grandparents. She dreams of travelling, going so far as to self-publish a book of poems in praise of France. Her Iranian father disappeared when she was a child, so when she's unexpectedly invited to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Rosie is over the moon. The journey will take her further than she could ever imagine, as she discovers her heritage and the Persian love of poetry. Fleming (The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, SFF 2004) tells the story of Rosie's journey, both inward and outward, with great humour and colour-filled imagery inspired by a myriad of cultures.

This is not just a visual treat, it's a rewarding and unexpectedly engrossing piece of female-led storytelling. – Wendy Ide, Screen International

In the film's finest moments, as a generous Iranian host explains traditional Farsi poetry, the animation and the themes mingle and explode in a riot of cross-cultural colour as the stringy Canadian cartoon meets gorgeously rendered illustrations – and personifications – of Persian traditions. – Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail

Festival guest: Ann Marie Fleming

Talk: After the Saturday 17 June screening is An Animated Conversation with Ann Marie Fleming in the Festival Hub, starting at 6.00 pm

In partnership with:

 Canada 150       Government of Canada

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Ann Marie Fleming


90 mins

English, Chinese, German and Farsi with English subtitles

La Vie En Rosie - L'epopee persane de Rosie Ming

All Ages


Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vercruysse, Michael Fukushima

Ann Marie Fleming, Ileana Pietrobruno, Jean-Denis Rouette

Sandra Oh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ellen Page

Animation, Women, Family, Festival Award Winners, Middle East

World Sales: National Film Board of Canada