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"The World is Bright" a Canadian documentory by Director Ying Wang

About the film: What would you do if your only child died mysteriously in another country and was buried sight unseen? Following the epic 10-year journey of an elderly Chinese couple searching for the truth behind their son’s death in Canada, what starts as a murder mystery becomes something else entirely. The film is a rare revelation of immigration, mental health and a Kafkaesque state bureaucracy at the heart of global migration.

About Director Ying Wang: Filmmaking was Ying’s childhood fantasy that she never thought would turn into something real. Growing up in China in the pre-digital era, Ying became a journalist and photographer, and moved to Canada in her late 20s. When her younger sister developed a mental illness after immigrating to North America, Ying was driven to tell their story and directed her first feature Sisters as a self-taught filmmaker. 

The World is Bright is Ying's second film tackling the topic of immigration and mental health from a broader sociocultural perspective. After the premiere of the film in 2019, Ying received the Sea to Sky Award at the 38th Vancouver International Film Festival in 2019 and Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in 2020.

Recently, The World is Bright which has been nominated for the Ted Rogers Best Feature-Length Documentary and Best Editing in a Feature-Length Documentary at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards.

Ying's credits as a filmmaker also include producing Tricks on the Dead: The Story of Chinese Labour Corps in WWI, a Canada-China-France co-production that won two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards and the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival Audience Must See Award. While making the documentary, in 2007, Ying co-founded Cinevolution Media Arts Society in Richmond, British Columbia. Under her leadership, Cinevolution has grown into one of the most promising arts organizations in metro Vancouver.

Filmmaker Ying Wang followed Shi-Ming’s parents for more than a decade as they pieced together a pic