TORONTO FILMMAKER’S WORK PULLED FROM CHINESE FESTIVAL FOR ‘POLITICAL REASONS’

Maja Zdanowski's film, In God I Trust, was accepted then rejected in 48-hour window

Maja Zdanowski, an independent filmmaker based in Toronto, said she was "devastated" when her film, In God I Trust, was accepted and then rescinded from the festival within 48 hours. (Submitted by Maja Zdanowski)

A Toronto-based filmmaker says she was accepted and then rejected from a major Chinese film festival, with organizers in Beijing blaming “political reasons.”

Maja Zdanowski told CBC Toronto the rejection wasn’t because of the film’s content. Her first feature-length film, In God I Trust, focuses on racism, religion and gun violence in the United States and had been accepted to the Beijing International Film Festival.

Zdanowski said she went from being excited to devastated in the span of 48 hours. 

“It would have been an amazing opportunity for me to showcase the talent that we have here in Canada,” the independent filmmaker said.

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