Columbia Valley & East Kootenay
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Meditation Park: Cinefest 2018 Winter series
Feb 27, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In Meditation Park, Mina Shum return to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic husband, Bing (Tzi Ma). Maria revers Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family, so much so that she even respects his insistence that she not speak to their son after a long-ago slight.
But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she’s forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged. She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people’s lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.
Shum exhibits genuine compassion with her insight into the experience of first-generation immigrant women (including how men control their lives by discouraging them from social interaction and learning other languages).
Meditation Park is a charming and generous film, boasting fine performances by its leads and great support by McKellar, Liane Balaban and the star of Shum’s debut, the phenomenal Sandra Oh as Maria’s daughter.
“Shum mines her favourite theme – immigrant experience in Canada – in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force.” – Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
text courtesy of CV Arts)
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Film starts at 7:00 pm.
Tickets available at the door.
- Regular adult – $12
- CV Arts Members – $11
- Kids 13 & under – $5
For more information about this and future Cinefest films, please visit: http://columbiavalleyarts.com