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The World Is Bright

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In 2005, Qian Hui Deng and Xue Mei Li received notice from the Canadian government that their son Shi-Ming had allegedly committed suicide and was buried on Canadian soil. With no further details provided other than his death certificate and a box with his belongings, they decide to travel from Beijing to Vancouver to investigate the mysterious circumstances around Shi-Ming’s death.

Skilfully employing a docu-thriller style, director Ying Wang follows the grieving parents for over a decade as they navigate a new culture and a complex web of bureaucracy in a search for answers. While tracing Shi-Ming’s footsteps through reenactments and interviews with those closest to him, Wang reveals a distressing connection between the act of immigration and mental illness - a vulnerability that his parents come to understand firsthand. In creating a vital space to discuss mental health within immigrant communities, The World Is Bright also serves as a powerful testament to parental devotion. By bravely sharing their story, the Dengs turn their grief into an act of hope.

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World premiere
Director Ying Wang
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2019
Running Time: 110 mins
Format: DCP Unencrypted
Language:In English, Mandarin with English subtitles
Related Links: Trailer
Producer: Ying Wang, Jian Ping Su, Jordan Paterson
Executive Producer: Yun-Jou Chang, Tyler Hagan
Screenwriter: Ying Wang, Lawrence Le Lam
Cinematographer: Pieter Stathis, Jian Ping Su, Ying Wang
Editor: Lawrence Le Lam
Music: Daniel J. K. Ross
Production Company: gYu Films International, Picture’s Up Media
Print Source: gYu Films International


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