The World Is Bright

The World Is Bright

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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 film 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."  Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle


Produced in partnership with gYu Films International Inc. 

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