Film explores the experience of Chinese immigrants
published: Nov 24, 2021 at 4:00 AM
A scene from the meditation park. photo courtesy of Colin Bentley
The RCB Film Club is screening Meditation Park, a heartwarming film from Canada, at the RCB Forum, 2nd Floor of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24, on Saturday, November 27 at 4 p.m.
This film is one more addition to four notable films previously made by independent Canadian director Mina Shum – which have won awards at top festivals around the world like Berlin, Sundance and Toronto – on the prospect of immigrants in East Vancouver. .
Set in Canada’s Chinese community, the film is about Maria, a loving and devoted wife whose life is turned upside down when she discovers a lady’s panties in her husband’s pant pocket. He’s a smart extrovert husband who commands the shots at home.
With her limited English skills and closed lifestyle, Maria learns how dependent she is on her husband and realizes that she needs to improve. She soon joins a gang of bustling Chinese housewives in the neighborhood, who earn money by (illegally) selling cheap parking tickets.
With the money she earns, she tracks down her husband and quickly learns his secret. She also befriends a neighbor, Gabriel, and realizes that he is just as vulnerable as she is.
Meanwhile, their daughter Ava and her husband visit them. The couple have their own stress as they try to balance career and parenthood. Maria also hears of their estranged son’s upcoming marriage.
The canvas is full of interesting characters, and the immigrant storyline is fascinating and thought-provoking. Most unique, however, is Maria’s change from a nervous immigrant woman who barely speaks English, to a woman of confidence and power.
The film had its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Center for Asian-American Media Festival (CAAM).
Tickets cost 100 baht and can be purchased at ticketmelon.com/rivercitybangkok/rcbfilmcanada.