The World Is Bright
ProducersJordan Paterson Jian Ping Su Ying Wang
- Release Date 2019
- Running Time 116 Minutes
- Closed Captions Yes
- Availability Canada, USA
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When an only child dies mysteriously abroad, his parents leave Beijing to find out why. Answers don't come easily in a 10-year journey that exposes flawed immigration policies, a systemic stigma of mental illness, and a Kafkaesque state bureaucracy at the heart of global migration.
A couple of working professionals in Beijing send their only child Shi Ming to study abroad for a better future. When they receive notice from Interpol that their son has died and is already buried in Canada, they travel to Vancouver to investigate the mysterious circumstances of his death. So begins a long and arduous legal battle to understand how a seemingly healthy young Canadian immigrant could have died and why he was buried so quickly.
Filmmaker Ying Wang documented their ten-year journey to seek the truth, examining the intersection of immigration, family expectations and mental health. It's an emotional and physical roller coaster of a journey that exposes some ugly truths about the Canadian immigration system and its treatment of newcomers living with mental health issues. With the patience and insight of a master filmmaker, The World is Bright effortlessly synthesizes themes of the stigma surrounding mental illness, the invisible mechanisms of control in our modern life, the dislocation produced through global migration and the perpetual search for meaning into a single story of modest grandeur. Produced in partnership with gYu Films International Inc.
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