Magical Imperfection (Canada Only)

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Introduction by Bruce Kuwabara
Q&A with Stefan Novakovic, Scott Calbeck and Carol Phillips
Film Info
Run Time:58 min
Release Year:2020
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Scott Calbeck



Magical Imperfection, tells the inspirational story of world-renowned Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. Imprisoned in his own country during the 1940s because of his race, Ray found the strength to combat injustice by devoting his career to social justice and equality.


Moriyama joined with Ted Teshima in 1970 to form Moriyama & Teshima Architects. Ray has applied his visionary architectural approach to numerous landmark projects including the Bata Shoe Museum, Saudi Arabian National Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto Reference Library, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and the Canadian War Museum. Such highly visible projects consistently earn praise for their attention to the needs and purposes of the people who use them. He has received some of the highest professional honors including the Confederation of Canada Medal, the RAIC Gold Medal, honorary degrees from ten Canadian universities, and the Order of Canada.


Scott Calbeck


Scott Calbeck is a director and producer of documentary films and a historian. After studying journalism and history at Indiana University and Carleton University, Calbeck earned a master’s degree in public history from the University of Western Ontario. Calbeck’s films cover a range of subjects, but reflect his interests both in exploring history and highlighting social justice issues. Raw Opium, a study of the world trade in opium and heroin, grew out of a proposal to link Afghan poppy farmers to the legal pharmaceutical industry. Pauline: The Pauline Johnson Story explored the life of the internationally-renowned poet and performer, who in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was one of the first voices for native rights and women’s rights. Brainstorm featured a neurosurgeon inspired by the medical inquiries of Leonardo da Vinci, where science and art in the 15th and 20th centuries are at the heart of an emotional journey of healing and hope. Lacrosse: The Creator’s Game, an examination of the native origins of lacrosse and its cultural significance, showcased native North Americans and their connections to a game first played 500 years ago.



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