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Changing China

Have you ever wondered how China changed from a communist backwater country to a bustling, emerging super power, all in a relatively short period of time? Our upcoming speaker Mr. Pat Ferns, a renowned award-winning documentary film maker, has a pretty good idea how this occurred!

Mr. Ferns, recipient of The Order of Canada, first visited China in 1979 in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. His filmic relationship with China includes films such as China’s Hollywood and China: The Miraculous Transformation. Pat was instrumental in the rise of the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, soon to be recognized as the nation’s premier documentary industry gathering. He has worked with the CNEX Foundation as organizer of the CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum, which just concluded its eighth edition in Taipei.

We hope you will be able to join us on Sunday, October 29th at 5:45 p.m. at the Fountain Restaurant on 2680 Blanshard St. @ Hillside Ave to hear Pat speak about his professional relationship with China over the course of his career, a relationship which has seen gigantic changes take place, some so stark that we in the West often just scratch our heads.

Development in Shenzhen

W. Paterson Ferns, C.M.


Ferns Productions, Inc.

Pat Ferns is President of Ferns Productions Inc. and has produced some of Canada’s finest award-winning programming and the world’s leading media events. He presents his signature pitching sessions worldwide. Pat is currently engaged in a Canada/Germany co-production Whale Talk. He recently completed China: The Miraculous Transformation, a feature-length documentary on Deng Xiaoping and served as Executive Producer on an 8-part series 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas before Columbus which premiers in November. Called in his native land “the father of independent production”, Pat was awarded The Order of Canada in 2005 for his services to the industry.

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Visitors, members and new members are always welcome at our dinners.

Cost for the dinner: $22 (members), $25 (non-members)

Cash or cheque only, please.

RSVP: By Fri., Oct. 27 at latest (if possible), by contacting Carol at (250) 882-5820 or

Membership in the VCCFA:

For those interested in membership in the VCCFA (Victoria Canada-China Friendship Association), the fee for an individual is $15/year, or for a family $20/year. Membership can be purchased at the dinner.

Typically, we meet on the last Sunday evening of the month from January-June, then from September-November, at a local restaurant. Our members range from about 12 years of age to 90.

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