Reel Asian Film Festival 2021: Q&A With Onna Chan From “Red String Of Fate”

Kat Harlton

Red String Of Fate, directed by Lovina Yavari and Lance Fernandes, is the captivating and thought-provoking story of a robotics engineer trying to bring her fallen lover back to life, during a civil war between humans and androids, In the year 2090.

Red String Of Fate is set to screen at the 2021 Reel Asian Film Festival from November 10th – November 19th, 2021. We had the opportunity to chat with co-writer and lead Onna Chan (who portrays Sam) about what she hopes the audience takes from the film, and what’s next.

Kat: What does it mean to you, to have “Red String Of Fate” chosen as an official selection for the 2021 Reel Asian Film Festival? 

Onna: The Reel Asian Film Festival has such a long history of bringing unique and original films to Toronto. It gives viewers the opportunity to truly discover something new and we’re so excited that this year audiences will be able to discover our project.

Kat: What do you hope the audience takes from the film? 

Onna: I hope that they know that what they love most is worth fighting for.

Kat: Why was it important to you to share Sam’s story? How (if any) did having the story set so far in the future, change how the story was told?

Onna: Sam’s story examines societies overt and underlying barriers to love and shows the lengths that one is willing to go to, to preserve it. This is a timeless theme but also one that needs to be shown again and again to break down those barriers. 

Setting our film in the future allows the audience to set aside any constraints that they may feel in their present life and imagine a future where examining alternate realities allow them a different perspective and sense of freedom.  

Kat: What has been your biggest challenge thus far in the film industry? 

Onna: To be honest we just go it our own route. Storytellers, film makers and creatives no longer have to wait for the approval of institutions. If you have a project in mind and you’re passionate, go get it done.

Kat: Do you have any role models or mentors that you look to for inspiration? 

Onna: There are so many, but if I had to choose one for this project it would probably be Wong Kar Wai. His ability to express all of the nuances of love always strikes me and I can only hope that my films one day can have as much emotional impact. 

Kat: What are you looking forward to in 2022? 

Onna: We’re looking forward to starting new projects but also continuing to play in this world and expand the environment that we’ve built for Sam and X. Hopefully we’ll be back with a longer feature soon. 

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